Everything happens for a reason, every second of our life is significant, and the collective existence is tied together on a level that can never be seen. Occasionally you recognize it but can barely give it words. At most, you think to yourself, “What a funny coincidence.”
Daily I find myself musing over an occurrence or chain of occurrences that I feel must be related or have significance from which I could learn. I am but human, however, and at best the thoughts pass being replaced by the next incident to spark a momentary deep thought. And the cycle of my mediocre mind continues. Today I pause to share one such occasion with you; in
The first painting is a pet portrait I made some months back for a friend. I decided to focus on the dog and not paint a scene in the background. I wanted to place him in front of a color that was outstanding yet supported his expression. After a few tests, I settled on this combination of yellow-green and burnt dijon (yellow oxide). These are two colors I haven’t used much previously, but here I found them to be quite satisfying, bright but not electric, and bold but not blasphemous.
After the completion of the portrait of
After the enormous landscape I carved time to paint for myself. I’ve had this image of Lila and Nina that I have always adored. Lila is in the front displaying one of her most contented poses. Nina is in the background with her usual contemplative stare. I had an old canvas that had been “arted” on a few times. I covered it (yet again) in gesso. As you can see it has quite a bit of texture on it from previous works of art. For the most part the coloring in this painting is in accord with the original photo. I chose however, to do the shadow and other darkest spots in purple. Purple is not usually a go-to color for me, but I think I was influenced by the mountains from the Arsenal.
To further universal connectivity for me, my next few paintings will also be pairs of children and pets. I am excited to have them underway. I look forward to the color progression, as well as the compositional progression, as I work through all of these paintings. And as usual, I hope to share them with you soon.
So this has been my busiest year of adulthood yet; settling into a new town and settling into life as a mother of three. Is it a coincidence that