Telecommuters

 

 

Telecommuters Purple Boat

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Telecommuters is a series about our dependency on being connected either symbolically or literally.  We seem to thrive when we are connected to people.  We also seem to panic when we are disconnected or lose connection. My cell phone has been the biggest blessing and the biggest curse in my life. I enjoy knowing I am available if someone needs me; but I also resent the fact that people can interrupt me when I am in deep thought or working.  This series revolves around the figure being self sufficient in communication in their world. Each figure has an antennae or semblance of one connecting it to the world.  A completely copacetic existence.   

While working on paintings I am often numbed by the fact that very often I  will fight with myself over how to approach my work with the figure.  I am so in love with texture and surface that very often I find that visceral aspect of painting becomes the crux of my work and often at the expense of detail on the figure or other parts of the painting.   I am compelled to be honest and true to who I am and how my wheels and cogs interlock and function. I find joy in the figure with new eyes each time I paint it,I am looking and delving deeply into how to portray my thoughts; not about not every  figure, but this  particular figure and the environment that it dwells in.  I often get pretty far along in a piece and find it too derivative of another  previously painted work, at that point I  will completely paint it out; because I know if it looks to familiar to me in the early stages, I will be completely bored  by the end of the work  and I will feel I have short changed myself.  In my eyes there is no greater joy killer as an artist than  the boredom born of repetition. 

 

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Telecommuters Fish Stackers by Cathy Hegman  detail above  and finished piece below

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I don’t use models, or references when I paint. I want the knowledge to come from the recesses in my memory, without the added weight of having to try to portray or compare it to something I have seen.   This series brought a whole new twist to my figures they are more deeply  embedded in their environments and  I chose to give them more fluid details in parts and in other parts breaking them down as geometric shapes that somehow ground them to the flat surface of the painting.  

Telecommuters Adrift by Cathy Hegman  detail and finished piece below.

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Telecommuters Adrift by Cathy Hegman

I am always a student looking for a new assignment.  I hope I never lose the sense of wonder about painting and surfaces.

Thank you for reading my blog! I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!

 

Take care,

Cathy Hegman

 

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Slumberland…counting sleepy sheep

 

If you follow my blog you probably know I paint bits and pieces of memories or feelings that I have experienced in my life at some time or another.  I have experienced an undue amount of insomnia lately. I am not sure why, or the causes that make my nights so incredibly sleepless, but it makes for interesting thoughts on painting.  When I was young I was in 4-H and I raised animals. I would feed,water, and fall in love with them and then would show them in a competitive exhibition at the beginning of the next year. It was a mixed emotional time, as we had to let them go after they were grown and sold.  I was always told they were used for breeding stock and had happy lives, but I am sure that was not entirely true.  My family knew I would never let them go otherwise.  I raised lambs and then added hogs to my repertoire of animal husbandry.  I had a sincere fondness for the lambs, even now I can still smell the sweet wooly odor of them. They were so gentle and seemed to adore being curry combed and brushed.  My favorite lambs were the Hampshire breed.  There was something so sweet and mysterious about their black velvety  noses, ears, and  soulful eyes  against their creamy thick wool coats that I loved.   

I have merged memory and reality together to make this latest painting.  Perhaps now I can sleep; since I have given so many days and nights to this subject of insomnia. 

The first image is almost a week in on the layering process. I thought I really liked this stage but when I looked at it with fresh eyes, I realized it did not feel complete to me. The sheep and the background seem a bit too well meshed together to represent the content of it.   The lamb looks good, but in relation to the background the lamb is not really standing out to me. If he is to be counted he needs more definition. Although it is not apparent in the photo of the painting; the numbers are dimensional and stand out about a quarter of an inch in height.  I wanted something to have  a different dimension in the piece. It seemed to fit the world of sleep.  The dimensional aspect of the numbers made the sheep meld even more into the background.

 

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In the final stage, although not much has changed  drastically, the lamb has become a bit more defined not through details but in values, which helped to give it more weight without over-weighting him with rest of the painting.  I also added several more layers to the bottom areas of the painting giving it more richness and weight as well. 

I will think about it a bit more, but for now I think it is finished. 

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Insomniacs Slumberland  by Cathy Hegman  45 x 45  acrylic on panel

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Take care,

Cathy Hegman

 

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It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all….

Summer is here in full force this week, it is sultry,steamy, and 96 degrees. The river is vaporizing and very low with growing  muddy banks on both sides.  Small sandy beaches are beginning to show up in their usual summer fashion. Since January, the outside world has once again become a familiar start and finish to every day. I adopted my dog Pixie late in January, and the journeys began to unfold with our daily walks. We walk the river side on our journey to my second studio on most days and it is fascinating to watch the daily transitions of the river with every walk. Life is full of change and transition. Some good and some bad but all bring growth.

I wanted to share what happens when deadlines are not looming and there is time to play in the paint. Call it artist’s ADHD or whatever you will ,but when  I am working on a painting, my mind is constantly remembering other paintings or planning new paintings for the future. There are times when this cacophony of thoughts will cloud the current progress and cause me to overthink the process.  This is the biggest  daily struggle for me in my art, to maintain focus on what is at hand; and squelch the other thoughts.  For quite sometime I have had the desire to move my figures in a different direction without the echos of the suggestions of others and completely removing the idea of making any sales and just let the paint and my intuition lead me where it wants to go.  This is a gift, I give myself when I am caught up with all of my obligations, and feel the need to grow in in my art process, to unfurl my wings and see where it takes me. Here is an example that I am finishing up in the studio.  It has gone through so many layers of change and I have distilled it into a few jpegs for this blog. Most changes in this work are minor and happen with a stroke of the brush and seem almost incidental but, there are some that have to be pondered, struggled with and one of these I thought I would discuss in this blog.  I hope it will help anyone that struggles with their work in this manner.

 

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The first idea….50 x 48 panel  

As it progresses the work becomes less about the initial thoughts and more about being built with solidity of thought and paint.  The thin layout of the above becomes obscured and submerged under textural layers of paint. I am not married to the initial layout nor anything that will happen in between.  Once the painting begins, the emphasis is now on how to work each days work into the next.  Every layer brings something good; but also leaves something wanting or needing more.  I am answering questions that I have created by mark making and layers laced with hours of thought.  This is where the growth comes in, I learn so many new things about the painting process by giving myself scenarios that have to be integrated into the whole painting. I am in a sense, wrestling with my own self, and it is as much satisfying as it is revealing to where I am heading in my work. Most importantly no one is telling me how, what they want, what will sell, what is currently popular, what I need to do etc..I am on my own.

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Texture is always something that I am constantly trying to achieve. I try to do this  in layers of thick and thin paints and topping it all off with glazes of pure pigments that are wiped and sanded until they have the feeling of something inexplicable  to me,yet interesting. A time tapestry woven of layers and remnants of layers.  It is a physical process that is fascinating to paint, as it almost never repeats itself, even when I use the exact same pigments.  I love this about painting…the unexpected is a large portion of my muse.

 

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After many layers the figures re emerge, smaller than originally planned.  I want them to be integrated and part of the environment in which they exist..they are formed by the environment and the environment is formed by them.  

At some point,I put in this strange green line form and connected the figure shapes to the left side. I thought this was so unexpected  against the red on the figure shapes and such a  fabulous addition to the painting, I fell in love with this connection.  It remained through many more layers. I found myself painting around it carefully keeping it in the painting as if the loss of it would completely destroy the painting.  

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I add more shapes to the painting.  I want to keep graphic shapes that are the total opposite of the texture and edges of the dark shapes. I love having juxtapositions in my work.  I do not like the gold circular shapes I have added, they are a bit too overwhelming yet I want circles in the work.  In a previous layer which I did not photograph they were simple black outlined circles which also did not work well in this particular painting. Rather than working on them I added the blue boat shape to the painting. My thought was this would balance out the gold orbs…however I still felt I wanted them subdued.

 

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Figures with a Boat  50 x 48  acrylic on board by Cathy Hegman

This is where the painting is today and I think it feels complete to me. I added square halos to the figures to give a new  almost cryptic meaning to the boat( there is a book called Square Halos that I read and loved years ago)and also to echo the color of the gold spheres. I have integrated the gold spheres in with layers of translucent paint completely losing some edges of the spheres. I still want them in the painting  to give me a balancing element. You will note, I also obliterated and left only skeletal remains of that weird green connection that I had  created such a strong love affair with in previous layers.  Often and almost always I find if I love something in the beginning stages ,I have to lose it in the end to make the painting work. What I found so interesting in the beginning with that line, became a in the end a chain on me forcing me to constantly save it;  when in the end it was destined to be lost. Yet another lesson learned the hard way.

 

Take care,

Cathy Hegman

 

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Looking more and seeing deeper

When I first began painting the urge to rush through and look for a finish in a piece was my nemesis.  After so many years of living in the paints , I still often find myself wishing I would hurry up and  find solutions to problems in  paintings.   Maybe it is age, maybe a little wisdom, maybe just a befuddled brain, but I seem to stop, sit, and think so much more now.  I feel as if I connect with my work on a totally different level now.  I paint not to finish, but to learn and find not just solutions, but multifaceted solutions that serve more than just the aesthetic of the painting.   I am not sure if the problems have become greater or the solutions more complicated, but somehow the immersion into the work is refreshing and almost baptismal ,rather than drowning me.   Everyday in art opens and ends with  new challenges…what a great life!

Here is a piece I just finished up..  LongBoats Depth Perception by Cathy Hegman

acrylic on panel 45 x 45 inches

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LongBoats Depth Perception by Cathy Hegman

 

Take care,

Cathy Hegman

 

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Last tea…with George

It is a beautiful day today, after a week of rain and depressing overcast skies.  I am thankful. Many days pass and I work and I think of those that have been in my life that have in some way given me some form of inspiration, or instruction that has formed my art.  I found out on Facebook last month, that one of the most important people on my art journey passed away.  I was shocked to see it and immediately felt a deep emptiness…it was late one night when I saw the post, and I ran outside and looked up at the twinkling stars and felt a comfort and relief and a strange understanding.    I believe deeply that we simply transition and if there is anything of us left on this earth, it resides in those that we touched along the way.  George James was a fascinatingly fabulous artist, he basically pioneered watercolor on Yupo paper.  I was so interested in his process when I first heard of him.   I took a class from him many years ago, and was hooked on not only his process but his unending knowledge of design. I went on through the years to take his workshop  over and over when I could just to get a chance to talk with him about process, design and art in general.  He was always so insightful and such a deep thinker on art issues. This man was the most genuine person I  have ever encountered, he had a soft demeanor that veiled a fierce mind.  He was an incredible friend and we kept up off an on through the years, but sadly I did not know his health had deteriorated so much in the last few years. I am sad that  I was so unaware but not surprised that he did not share it . I will honor his memory and his impact on my art for all the days I have left.   I feel so blessed to have been able to have known him and his fabulous art.  He and his wife, Isabel were the loveliest people .  I have said endless prayers for Isabel as I know how difficult it must be for her. Here is  a link to his website :  www.georgejameswatercolor.com

Mississippi Art Colony was this past week. I found myself working on a painting with George in mind. When I am troubled, I often work through it in my painting and working in my studio.   I somehow felt this would be a fitting way to remember him in paint.  He and I both were deeply involved in work that had a narrative, we talked on this subject many times and although this one is less cryptic than most of my work, it is obviously a work built around the things that George employed in his work and that remind me of him. It is  my homage filled with pigmented  gratitude for all that I learned from this wonderful instructor/mentor.  He will be missed but never forgotten.

Last Tea with George by Cathy Hegman

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Last Tea with George by Cathy Hegman

Take care,

Cathy Hegman

 

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Little Houses

And spring arrives, often with tempestuous weather, but always somewhere between the thunder and lightening lies the renewal and growth.  My interest in birds, wings, flight, and nests has been an ongoing theme in much of my  work for years.  I believe I became most interested in flight when my oldest child became a pilot.  I had an intense need to know the what and how of flight, in an effort to cling to the last bastions of being a protective mother. I began to deeply relate to the mother birds, especially those moments when their babies leave the nest, how insanely fearful they must be, but they rely on the knowledge of their predecessors for the strength and grace of acceptance of the plan laid out for them. One series that evolved from the birds is Little Houses.  

  This year I am integrating  my little houses series with artists of the past that have meant something to me in one form or another.   

I will have an exhibit in New Orleans at Carol Robinson’s Gallery  this October. I thought it would be nice to give you a tiny insight into the Little Houses series.

The piece I am working on in the studio this month is Little Houses: Red House.   The artist that inspired this piece is Jimi Hendrix and his song Red House, a song that was still popular in the early 70’s, at a very significant time in my life.  I found solace in songs when I was in jr. high and high school, I would love to be able to thank these artists for their music and songs that  shaped and formed my life in ways unimaginable and they continue to do so. Music is a powerful form of art.

 

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Little Houses: Red House by Cathy Hegman 60 x 49 inches

 

 

 

Thank you for reading my blog, I hope it in some way helps and interests you about art and painting.

Take care,

Cathy Hegman

 

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The White Rose

I have been working on this painting for the last few weeks off and on.  I am trying to put more definition in my  figure and less definition in the background.

The White Rose

30 x 40

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The White Rose was a group that printed anonymous leaflets and led a graffiti campaign from 1942 -1943 in opposition of Adolf Hitler and his regime and the atrocities they were committing against the Jews.  It was a non violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany. The group was comprised of students and their philosophy professor.  Most of them were arrested and killed. The White Rose members are now honored as heroes that stood up to the Third Reich in the face of certain death.  These people saw the horrors and took a stand, we should all be so brave.  I would like to honor them as well.  I often think about how complacent we can become in life and then I read about people like this and I am led to incorporate them into my work.

I wish everyone a Blessed Easter, and I hope we never forget the sacrifices made for us.

Thank you for reading my blog, I hope it in some way helps and interests you about art and painting.

Take care,

Cathy Hegman

 

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