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.