Work in the studio……


I am in the studio working on the love of my art life, paper!!!  I started in oils years ago, moved to watercolor on paper, and from there onto painting on almost any substrate that did not move while I was brushing the paint onto the surface.  It has been many years, since anything framed under glass has had much appeal to the general public in my area , thus making it feel almost selfish to produce work that must be framed under glazing.  Deep inside of my psyche lurks the rebellious little brain monkeys that keep convincing me to be selfish, and the world be damned, rip out that paper and do what you know you want to do.  So today is one of the days of self indulgence that occurs very regularly in my world.  I have  quite an inventory of works on paper at this point, I suppose this means I am selfish, or maybe just rebellious, but anyway it does my soul a world of good to do this kind of work.  

I am dwelling lately on faces, not particular faces; just face shapes and shapes of the parts that make up a face.  I am also working with mixing as many different types of media as I can get away with and still keep it archival, yet not degrade the surface.  In these two paintings, I worked with india ink, acrylic ink, alcohol ink, acrylic paint, gesso, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, water soluble oil pastels and carandache.  I think the easy way to label these is mixed media for sure.  

The funny thing I have noticed is that for the last several months I have been working with a limited palette,  so I have been yearning to work with more color again.  

Each of these is 14 x 14 inches, rather small but my intent is the be “in your face”, but in an intimate way.  I want these to seem much larger visually than they are physically. I am after a calm yet searching emotion in both of these paintings.  I enjoyed working on these two and perhaps this could spurn a series of works, we shall see….


The Optimist 14 x 14 mixed media on paper by Cathy Hegman


SuperFly 14 x 14 inches mixed media on paper by Cathy Hegman

And as always here they are in black and white to check the values in both of them..


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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6 Responses to Work in the studio……

  1. akismet-05104e1536827c7853ebf26f8d4fff44 says:

    Love’m Cathy… and all the color. You know… with all the acrylic and everything else, I don’t see why you can’t mount them to wood panel and then get around that glazing thing no one wants.

  2. I agree with akismet. Best of both worlds — you get to paint on the paper you love, then you can decide on the presentation choice that suits the situation. Although I have to say I am in love with works on paper framed behind glass with nice generous borders.

  3. stella brookes says:

    Hello Cathy. Found your work on the web,,looking for inspiration for figure work…its wonderfull. I hope to buy your ‘Blurb book’…when I’ve sold another painting; which might be a while the way things are. I think its great that you kind of follow your heart concerning your art…and not what will sell. And it shows. Integrety. Youi made me see too that i probably give up too soon on a painting. Got to be prepared to loose the average to MAYBE gain the better. All the best to you. Stella uk

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