Art & Design
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 .
My Entry for the Schaeffer Portrait Challenge 2012
"Jaguar Spirit" 2011 CJ
Let me introduce a portrait of my husband Ray, the "Jaguar Spirit" in his defiant roar, showing him as the Punk-personality that he is! It was so much fun working on this painting, the colors and pose came together perfectly to show him exactly the way I wanted.
Unfortunately, my painting wasn't picked for the next round this time, although in my (biased, naturally) opinion it was one of the more 'eye-catching' pieces from the small number of entries a had the priviledge to get a sneak-peak to. The only negative feed-back the coordinator communicated to me at pick-up was that the 24"x20" size was just not large enough to get the point across. Other than that the colors, pose and execution seem to have been generally appreciated - and it definitely seemed to have left a memorable impression!
What does one take away from experiences like this? Contests are usually a great opportunity to get an un-biased opinion on your art. It gives you a chance to take inventory of your creative State of the Union, so to speak.
Bearing that in mind, it is always good to remember that the juries are made up of indiviual people - and as such are highly subjective in their artistic aesthetic and backgrounds. And, representing a Gallery or group, it is their perogative to set visual guidelines and norms to make their exhibit a cohesive collection that represents their views and aesthetic as harmoniously as possible.
This experience has really just re-inspired me to take my own direction, I have no intention to change my style ( although refining it is always an option ). But I'll definitely take the advice: Next time don't just go bold - go BOLD AND BIG! :)
"Where the Wild Things Grow"
"Where the Wild Things Grow" 2011 CJ
Number 5 of the Year in Emotion Series is finally done! It took longer than planned with this one - it truly didn't want to be pinned down!
The furry heart is restless yet bound, burning yet cool to the touch, growing furiously yet bleeding profusely, torn between collected, distant wisdom of experience and the hot passionate pull of emotion. It races at break-neck speed with no regard to its own safety or any consequences to its actions.
Sometimes we push ourselves to ever higher risks to achieve our goals, experience life, live at our own peril while always knowing the price and not caring. It is the effortless recklessness of youth, the ultimate battle between living the experience and exercising wise judgement - which every one of us (serenely or violently) fights their own way.
Bleeding Money #2
FINAL: Bleeding Money#2 Cornelia Jolitz
The background decal of this painting was made at the same time as #1, with the same Baltic Green one color decal print.
This time I managed to etch out a high contrast that really worked for the George Washington portrait, the process of laying down the wash layers was a lot quicker and decisive.
After the simple white washes, the charcoal outlines define the sillhouette. Applying clear water on the unfixed charcoal blends into smooth shadows and makes dark drips. A rough layer of white completes the face and surrounding, and the final finish is a layer of Bright Yellow Green.
"Bleeding Money#1" in progress
"Bleeding Money #1" Step 2&3
Unfortunately, I have been too busy to continue my Emotion series or the decalcomania studies until now since I was burried in my regular design art work. But now - finally - the continuation of at least one of my projects!
After a bit muddy results with using four colors at a time, this time, I stuck with just one color to make the decal pattern and I have to say it made a lot of difference. A lot more shapes are visible and the eye starts to sort out levels of foreground to background possibilities all on its own. To keep it interesting, I dampened part of the paper with green tea before the print. It made some of the paint fade and run like a watercolor wash.
After adding a few darker washes, the 'horizon' line, foreground liquid and drip/torrents become more pronounced (Step2) - although I have to be carful not to cover up the initial pattern too much. The final wash is dark avocado green (Step3).
Next step is apure white 'decal' and highlight layer to get more contrast. And finally, the etching lines and details are added with pencil strokes (FINAL).
If you have any experience with this technique, and/or photos of paintings using similar themes or techniques - I would love to hear from you!
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