The floods have come and are slowly and methodically leaving, but not without a trail of shattered pieces of the landscape, strewn about like sticks and leaves left in a long since dried puddle. We are reminded that nature does not follow rules and patterns but marks new trails with lines of devastation of wind, water and fire. I find it hard to concentrate on the things that a month ago seemed so important; but, now seem to be trivial in the scheme of things. We have flood waters on one side of the levee, and dying and parched crops on the other side, I usually enjoy juxtapositions; but this one is much too painful and close to home for any enjoyment. I am grateful for not losing my home to the flood, and praying for rain daily.
The studio has been a refuge of sorts, I have been working although at a much slower pace these days. The long days of summer have affected my work and my work ethics.
In the last post I was working on a painting, Sisters, and I have now completed it and it is on my website http://www.cathyhegman.com, if you care to see it’s finality . I am grateful for my sister and our time here.
I began a new painting on wood panels, a triptych, it was to be one of the Dark Alice Series;but somehow, it morphed into something much more attuned to my thoughts at this point. Gratefulness for many reasons has been and remains heavy on my mind. I began this piece with layers of oil and cold wax on the wooden panels with no real design in mind, just the thought that I would carve and use reductive techiques on the panels to get a somewhat abstracted landscape type painting to emerge from the layers. Somewhere in the 6th layer of oil and cold wax, the figures came into play, I thought I would paint them out and kept reminding myself of the intent of this painting, but alas the trail was found and I followed it. I am glad I did not force myself to follow a predetermined although not completely worked out plan.
Trinity was to be a landscape of wonderland and I suppose that it still remains just that; but in a different sense . I think it is good to let yourself go and see where you end up, I am pleased with this piece on many levels. It speaks in the language I have been working with in my painting for some time now, the indistinct edges that are not quite intentional or definite, but yet fully descriptive in format. I think this is how I see life these days. Life is often just enough out of focus that it is bearable, but still focused enough to have meaning that gives us direction.
All for now as I am in the planning stage of the next painting…this is the best part!