Organic & geometric paintings where I strive to find color combinations that I then team with a thick paint application to create an exciting painting surface that results in something more than just an image, but a visual experience. My work walks the edge between representational and abstract, expressive and calculated, and the light and the dark. I'm an architectural drafter so my first drawings were illustrations of residential homes. After being diagnosed with a mental illness , I felt a deep need to express myself and my pain through painting and writing. Eventually I came to a place of wanting to paint for its own sake and I chose abstracts as a vehicle to allow me to explore with color, light, and composition, to play with paint, squeezing and mixing luscious colors onto my palette and canvas. I'm not interested in the subject as I work, but in an abstract game with rules that allow me to ultimately dance with energy:emotional and spiritual. Again, I enjoy the paradoxical edge of the surface skin of paint that alludes to a deeper reality that unifies it all. I want to express/allow freedom, joy, spirit.
Architecture & Cityscapes
Acrylic and oil paintings (Winsor & Newton Artisan) usually in landscape orientation and larger than 16"x24". My works are inspired by the natural world and I hope to imbue them with romantic emotion and sense of timelessness resulting in a certain intimacy since I'm most interested in capturing the subtle quality use of light as it defines a landscape. I find the knife to be a great tool of expression to paint with exaggerated color and awareness of light in an attempt to reach the viewer through the use of dramatic color and texture. The mundane and ordinary then becomes the extraordinary. Color is critical. As for the architectural illustrations, they include both hand-drawn & digitally-composed images. Hand-drawn is mainly pen and ink but watercolor and/or Tombow/Copic as well.
Pencil sketches, pen & ink drawings, and/or the fluid motion of watercolor. Painting, for me, is a physical act of being able to leave proof that I was here. The small, intimate paintings of ordinary, everyday subjects, such as a dancer, or a female contemplating the meaning of life, reflect an optimism that outlasts the fleeting light and fragility of the human form. I incorporate strong and exaggerated light sources, allowing the light to fill the empty spaces where something else could be. The portraits create a structural framework of self-preservation.
Predominantly oil over acrylic on canvas but some soft pastel abstract or representational work where the result becomes a form of abstract imagery of not only the subject itself, but rather the temporal moment to gain the effect of either greater tension or flow. This combined with an edge on edge effect is what gives my work a dimensional depth.
30 in 30 (January & September)
I strive to move from representational, past abstract, to its most extreme form: non-representational. It's a spiritual endeavor in mindfulness where I worry less about references to imagery from the real world, the abstraction continuum, with its simplified, distorted, exaggerated organic or geometric concepts. My focus is instead on color, shape, line, stroke, emotion, and feeling to achieve living in the moment. My vehicle to do this will start with the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta at saetastudio.com/september-2018-30-in-30-paintings
Gouache, watercolor, or alcohol Ink works of inanimate objects. Through the use of familiar objects, I create moments in time that, I hope, have meaning for the viewer. Much of my inspiration comes from the exquisite designs found in the natural world and from spirituality. Toying with realism, I often challenge myself to depict true-to-life details in the works. I'm fascinated with varying shades of color, most notably bold purples and red, and the way shadow and light play upon patterns. My still lifes spring from a culmination of visual impressions from this artist's quirky imagination and a plethora of life experiences. I'm interested in the outcast, nonconformist, the bohemian, that one in a million who walks to a different beat, sprinkled with excitement, passion, and a dash of rebellion.
Flora & Fauna
Acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and alcohol ink artworks where a plein air painting informed the studio painting so many of them are later worked into larger, more detailed paintings upon returning home. Regarding alcohol inks, I started playing with them last year, after having stumbled upon them by seeing works by other artists and wondering what kind of medium they were using to get particular effects. I bought a couple of bottles of Ranger inks, as well as some Yupo paper, and I kind of fell down the rabbit hole and haven't recovered yet. I enjoy the way they form shiny ridges and lines when the inks meet. I love the unpredictable-ness of them (though sometimes I hate it, as well.) I'm always intrigued by people who can create these amazing, detailed, realistic pieces with alcohol inks and I wonder how they get so much control. My experience is that I seem to have about 50% control, and the rest is hoping. I am enamored. Here goes.
Smaller Daily Paintings and/or Tiny Treasures
Splashes of color. Splinterings of light. The intense motion of brush or cutting of knife. The breath sent by our higher power so energy can pass through from the artist to the surface so the aesthetic journey may begin. Color captures both life and action in paintings. Approaching the canvas with open energy, an intense palette knife and wide brush strokes, there's no fear of creativity and discovery as each painting evolves on the canvas, board, metal sheet, or wood panel. There will also be small alcohol ink works on glass, tile, or board in this gallery. Alcohol ink reopens my creative floodgates.Their fluid dance and soulful nature immediately call to me. I find the process itself to provide a symbolic practice of relinquishing control and being more present and mindful. It is an intuitive dance, a give and take between artist and medium.
Enemy Swim Series
Oil over acrylic on canvas or board plus some watercolor on paper abstract references to life on the Lake Traverse reservation and in the surrounding predominantly Sisseton-Wahpeton communities in South Dakota, all with a philosophical foundation incorporating subjective relatedness as its pertinent to a corresponding space and time as well as dynamic worldview especially as it involves phenomena.
Mixed Media Collage
Primarily acrylic paint and mediums over a variety of texturizers such as paper, fabric, baubles, etc. My artistic practice includes working with found objects to create mixed-media work. Like the photographs, materials and objects are discovered and then crafted into works addressing questions of permanence, obfuscation, deconstruction and reconstruction, and natural reclamation. The ability to capture and hold objects of the past in the present, in a new form, creates the basis of my artistic pursuits.
Painting, photo transfers, and sketches, with philosophical foundations, in acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and alcohol ink. I've always been drawn to illustrative art and I primarily see myself as a storyteller. I want my work to convey a definite narrative, whether it's derived from personal experience or something more universal Working in mixed media, I often superimpose complex layers of imagery while playing with translucency, creating an imaginative multi-layered experience for my viewer. My juxtapositions are at times whimsical and at other times, introspective. Rich in color and innovative in composition, my paintings weave together my personal narrative in images and symbols that welcome the viewer into my world. I hope my paintings are accessible and charming, grappling serious issues while allowing viewers access to my struggles, desires, and insights.
Acrylic and watercolor paintings with basic shapes in a quick, loose manner often started as a plein air painting. Creating art centers me. Frustration, transitions, personal challenges, political divides... whatever life presents, I use art as a means to process, move through, and transform it all into something more beautiful. And did I mention I love color and loose, fluid strokes?
Abstract fields of flat, stained (oil) or soaked acrylic color often referencing landscape imagery and nature where I sometimes apply clear acrylic mediums to create depth and texture for better interaction, an intermingling: a visual experience. My work walks the edge between representational and abstract, expressive and calculated, and the light and the dark. I'm an architectural drafter so my first drawings were illustrations of residential homes. After being diagnosed with a mental illness, I felt a deep need to express myself and my pain through painting and writing. Eventually I came to a place of wanting to paint for its own sake and I chose abstracts as a vehicle to allow me to explore with color, light, and composition, to play with paint, squeezing and mixing luscious colors onto my palette and canvas. I'm not interested in the subject as I work, but in an abstract game with rules that allow me to ultimately dance with energy: emotional and spiritual. Again, I enjoy the paradoxical edge of the surface skin of paint that alludes to a deeper reality that unifies it all. I want to express/allow freedom, joy, spirit.
Cacophony of Voices/Mental Illness & Art
From: Amy Rice Sent: Thursday, November 29 To: Susannah Schouweiler; Marya Hornbacher Dear Marya, I have carried your last correspondence with me and pulled it out to read over coffee, while waiting for paint to dry, laundry to wash. You've given me a lot to think about. RE the questions initially posed to us by Susannah: To what extent, in your mind, do the effects of mental illness or upset actually spur creativity? Do you think there are circumstances where these less trod paths of mind, those that upset and disturb especially, can be fruitful and productive rather than pathological and hurtful? Or is the pain of mental illness a necessary part of its fruitfulness? Is a "peaceful" mind, in that context, really a desirable goal? Source: https://bit.ly/2zWHIcj