Sturdy Enough To Carry the Love
I like to think that the constant internalization of artists makes us sturdy enough to carry the love, to take it in and pour it out again for others to savor. As I watch the artists in my own creative tribe navigate the waters of current global and personal change, my jaw simply hangs open in awe of their fearlessness, optimism, openness and generosity. It tumbles out in the art, wraps the world in its arms and whispers hey, here's a hug.
About the painting: Some stories are meandering....this painting is one of those stories. Beginning as an e-course exercise in abstracted earthy colors based on an inspiration image, it took a few detours. It wasn't until a subsequent exercise in Diebenkorn glazes that the lightbulb went off and the abstraction fell into place. Acrylic, watercolor crayons, colored pencil and Artgraf. And a whole lot of persistence! (Many thanks to Carl Stoveland Photography for permission to riff off of one of his incredible images)
5/14/2020 01:24:41 pm
Wow. Just look at where you took that! Amazing as always Jen.
5/14/2020 02:20:47 pm
Carl! Thanks SO much for letting me use your gorgeous photo...I am learning to boil images down to very basic, abstracted shapes. But clearly it takes me many iterations to get there! ha ha!
5/14/2020 02:11:51 pm
Aerial view of a pileup of boats in a marina following a storm that blew through the night before.
5/14/2020 02:21:32 pm
Dotty! ooooooh I see that now....post-collision calm. Who knew???
5/15/2020 01:01:12 am
Yes we are just bundles of matter in all shapes and forms moving this way and that to find some meaning in it all. The strong diagonals push me back and forth and up and down. Enjoy the process!
5/16/2020 04:39:39 pm
Carol! Bundles of matter in search of meaning. That's us! Diagonals seem to be appearing everywhere in my views, even walking the neighborhood. No wonder they end up in the paint. :)
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