Dog Dazed….

Lazy Dusty Sunflower River

Summer busy  gives way to the dog days of summer and the pace slows and time creeps through July and August. Days are seemingly unending in length and heat. It is not a rite of passage; it is a given, no one escapes the heavy sleepy moments that overtake each day starting at sunrise and ending sometime in October.  Try as you might it is inescapable and eventually we all give in to it, in some form or fashion.

Nunnery’s Gallery 119 sent out the call for the gallery artists to participate in a group show this summer.  The theme of the show is “Dog Days of Summer”, I thought it was very apropos to have this show, as we are experiencing a record heat this summer.   My oldest child is an airline pilot. He gives me his out of date chart maps, and I love them, they are littered with circles of radar coverage. I have a deep sense of connection with circles and arcs and have used them symbolically in my work since the 90’s,  and continue to do so. Maps have always intrigued me. I like to tear the maps apart and layer them in gel on the surface of my paintings and  cover both with translucent gesso layers before any paint is applied to the surface.  The surface takes on a rich, almost mesmerizing texture that is riddled with  partial views of the cities,airports, oceans, and strange shapes made by radar patterns. I love these maps, they are cryptic and explanatory all at the same time. Much like what I want my work to embody. It is my metaphor for life at this stage of the journey.   This piece will be no different it will be diffused yet focused  in vision and in it’s intent.

The parts that make the whole…..

Dog Dazed detail

detail of Dog Dazed

detail of Dog Dazed

detail of Dog Dazed

Dog Dazed by Cathy Hegman mixed media on canvas available for sale at Nunnery's Gallery 119, Jackson, Ms.

As always thank you for reading and I hope you find a sliver of inspiration in my work and words.  
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About Cathy S. Hegman

Art, much like a road links people together both visually and mentally. One can attain a glimpse inside the artist’s soul by studying the artist’s work, and perhaps find something that links them to the artist and the art. A work of art has the ability to resonate and touch the emotions without regard to age, gender, race, or religion through the application of pigment to canvas or paper. Art can be the voice that cries out without limits, or sometimes whispers the thoughts of the creator. Art speaks silently, yet conjures up feelings and gives satisfaction that is undeniable, and yet intrinsic. It validates our need to learn about ourselves, and gives us freedom to search for our own identities. The road is long and often dusty, but always renewing the spirit with inspiration. It is my hope in this lifetime to give a part of what I have learned through and on my journey with others. The deepest form of us is revealed in our thoughts and my art is the translation of my thoughts to paper and canvas. I paint layers of color and line to create a history of marks that will guide the viewer into my world of thought and engage them in the process. I embed personal symbols throughout my art to give it deeper meaning. I encourage you to think about life in a visual way and to contemplate our connections with each other and the world we share.
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5 Responses to Dog Dazed….

  1. Thomas says:

    Glad you can get some use out of them! =P

    • Yes! I have found a great way to utilize the charts,Thomas! I love them! They give me a wonderful texture and visual interest I have not achieved before them and I guess I am going green at the same time 🙂 Thanks for saving them for me!

  2. The texture you are able to achieve is just so amazing. As always, you inspire me, Cat.

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