Seems like only last week when we packed up the car with every painting supply I could ever want, left just enough room for Pippa, and food on the back seat and drove the 625 miles to Wiscasset, Maine for the summer.
And what do I have to show for it? Besides many yummy meals and some great times with friends, I have 26 (!!!) new abstract and collage paintings.
Now I may be cheating a bit when I say 26, because 20 of those are in four series mounted in old window frames. About five years ago at a Maine flea market, I found some very old window frames which I knew would make something wonderful some day. This was long before I ever picked up a paint brush.
This summer I finally found a use for my vintage frames (one of them has PEGS instead of nails ... how old is that?). You may have heard of diptychs and even triptychs. I'm calling three of them "sextychs" (No!, not septics) because there are six paintings mounted in each complete frame.
My first one completed is called Heavenly. To me, it looks like aerial shots as if from an airplane. The colors are vibrant and mostly primary with splashes of turquoise and rust. Layers of old maps, dress patterns and handmade papers make up the collage element and give the pieces much texture.
My second piece is called Building Bridges, Mending Fences, because, isn't that what we all should be doing? The common factor here is a bit of potato sack netting which I couldn't resist trying to collage and gave the piece its title and theme. Predominant colors are teal, lime and magenta.
Piece number three was just finished on the anniversary of 9-11 and is called Remember because, for me, September 11, 2001 is the day the world, or at least our perspective of it, changed so profoundly. This work should be seen close up as there is much hidden in its layers. The colors I chose depict fire, ashes, heroes and lastly, our Flag.
I do hope you will be able to see each of my pieces in person at our Great Falls Studio Tour. For dates, time and place, see below.
Just as in my jewelry pieces, I try to instill a bit of mystery and whimsy into my art. I would be so very pleased if you were to participate and find your own interpretations in my paintings.
Hope to see you in three weeks!
Great Falls Studio Tour
October 16, (Friday), Noon to 5pm
October 17, (Saturday), 10am to 5pm
October 18, (Sunday), Noon to 5pm
I will be sharing space with collage artist Ronni Jolles at Georgetown Learning Center, 756 Walker Road, Village Center, just behind the Atelier. There is plenty of parking and easy access!