34th Entry - "Anagram" 2011
Often I am asked as an artist, what inspires me - the truth is most anything can inspire me, where I am fixated is the concept behind the desire to create the piece - I will see something in everyday life that simply stands out, yes, but it isn't always an object its more a theory or societal norm or attitude almost and once it gets my attention it is all I can see until the piece is done. At that level of contemplation the piece will usually take care of itself, it just "makes sense" and it's painted.
I love hyacinth, the flowers are so abundant and they come back every year. They smell great too so when I am painting with them the whole place just fills with it. If a person takes a few blooms from each plant they can have more than enough and it wont kill the plant. In fact it will inspire the hibiscus to create even more flowers to make up for the ones its lost just to be sure it gets pollinated - which in turn means a stronger perfume from each plant.
It isnt a quick and easy process, it takes time, with some percentage of trial and error. Once air hits the stain the oxidation process is literally ON and you cant un-do it. A specific application of a lacquer or counter agent will stop the process and seal the color as is. Thats how the paintings stay vibrant and fresh looking. Some protective sprays can be purchased with UV blocker (which I recommend) that prevents bleaching from exposure to the sun.
17" x 17" on mounted cotton canvas
in natural mixed medium
"Anagram" Viewpoint Three
In a close up of viewpoint three you can see some of the detail. Natural coal was used to create shading. As mentioned earlier there are about one hundred faces in this painting, some obvious and others hidden.
In viewpoint three a pillar of braided souls takes center placement to two angel pylons which frame the work.
"Anagram" Viewpoint Four
There are two angels with their back to the viewer with reaching out arms and wings hail a myriad of souls in front of them. I love the versatility of the piece and the way it turned out. I think its a great conversation starter.
Thank you all so much for reading this entry and for looking, I hope you enjoyed it.
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