Art & Design
An update to two paintings of the "Year in Emotion" Series:
Both "Fallen Dreams of May" and "The Coming Frost will Mend My Heart" are displayed in the Winter Showcase 2011 onCreativeDivergents.com . Check out the Showcase and if you have time you can register and vote for my art to win the Award.
Happy Thanks Giving!
Given that I did not grow up with the traditional practices of US holidays, I always find it amazing how quickly this particular festivity has grown on me. Not only does the act of cooking the feast remind me of my on Christmas traditions of childhood, but I do believe that this particular holiday has a deep rooted underbelly that most American might not feel in the same intensity as someone from, say, European heritage would. There exists such a strong under-current of harvest festival culture - many countries sport a variety of hunting, marksmanship, brewing or cooking festivals right around this time of year. And they are so closely connected to the details of the flora and fauna to each location that they are inseparable in particular from their region - but the overall theme is recurring world-wide (and there usually is a lot of eating involved!).
In this season, we are harvesting the fruits of this years toils and labors - symbolically, since we are somewhat removed from having to cultivate our own food supply.
But for me, personally, it is a humble reminder of how far I have come and how much clearer my vision for my own art has become. Meeting my customers' design requirements with the most up-to-date visual effects and the best possible attitude is keeping this job interesting and challenging for me. So thanks to you, I hope the world keeps challenges in store for you to harvest yet deeper rewards to keep you growing in turn. Mahalo!
A new Painting/ drawing series seems to be taking shape !
'Medusa' CJ 2011
The Year in Emotion series seems to be come to a close (for now), the last piece was already beginning to buck the restraints of the quintessential thread that was binding the series of paintings together - even although the concept was conceived in the same time frame as the previous pieces.
Since I feel my mind pulling away, it's best to follow intuition and run with it.
What I decided to do is go back to decalcomania, the Surrealistic technique of unsettled minds, and let the image form itself out of the chaos of coincedental color fields and dots. The result of the first painting was - a self-portrait! It started out as an intended portrait of my husband, but since he didn't cooperate and stay in the optimum position I just let me hand wonder. Curiously enough, the subconscious mastermind turned me into a Medusa.
The snakes to me symbolize thoughts and ideas that turn and twist in various ways to cast doubt and fear, harming ourselves just as (and maybe even more than) anyone around caught in the deluge of projected chaos. But then, a deep psychological inspection might reveal a much more sinistre/delightful background that I might not necessarily want to delve into...
There was a second paint blob image in the first batch, which is already starting to reveal itself to me as I am watching it. So I feel fully justified in saying that a new series might be born!
The YEAR IN EMOTION SERIES is continuing...!
"The coming Frost will Mend my Heart" CJ 2011
... and just in time for the new painting in the 'Year In Emotion' series: "The Coming Frost...", which captures the month of November.
To some people bright whites might not be the perfect coloring to depict a month in which the nights are getting longer and the days darker - but to me, the milky, cold, silver light symbolizes best the cooling air of a November day. I can almost feel the damp, chilly mists crawling over my tingling face; it is a memory connected to Autumn family trips to the German countryside in my childhood:
Horses are barely visible in the heavy fog; oaks are shedding their last dying leaves; not a soul stirs in this thick soup of rising moisture as I walk down a tunnel in the thicket next to the barren orchard; my shoes squelch as I try to avoid the murky puddles between frozen ground and the left-overs of last night's rain. After my lone early morning walk I sneak back into our rented wood cabin to put on the water for a hot cup of tea while my parents and sister are still half-asleep in their bunks - I am 12 years old at the time.
The painting itself is 22" x 28", Acrylic and molding mediums on canvas. If you are interested to find out more about this or another painting in this series please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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