Carapace found in a lost dragonfly summer…..

Carapace by Cathy Hegman

I found this relic of a dragonfly in my yard last year and today it finds it's way into my work

I found this relic of a dragonfly in my yard last year and today it finds it’s way into my work

After weeks of working on board and canvas, I decided to work on paper again today.  I am always mesmerized by the surfaces that I work on, each has it’s own advantages and disadvantages.  I love experimenting with different paper surfaces.  Today I am working on mylar (you have to buy the kind that is archival , it is expensive but worth it).   I love the tooth of this paper and the translucency of this paper, they seem to oppose each other, while at the same time harmoniously pleasing.  I love oppositions in my paint, the opaque pigment next to the transparent pigment and this paper adds a wonderful translucency to the  mix.   This painting will have to be framed under glass (which is my favorite way to frame) and as such it will be protected, much like the delicate carapace of the dragonfly that inspired it. Also because of the translucency of the paper you can choose the backing in accordance with the work.   It is a work in progress but for now I am happy with the results of the acrylic on this paper.

I am a value painter at heart, I am always checking the values in black and white. It is a good habit to get into when shooting your images is to check them out in black and white. I believe in this so strongly on my website everything is black and white until you click on it and then it becomes larger and in color.

Check your values and see how your painting reads without the alluring garnishment of color.  It is easy to do this if your camera will shoot in black and white or if not do it in Lightroom or Photoshop on your computer at post processing.

Often the details contain wonderful artifacts that are almost better than the painting as a whole…

And here again the details…the devil is in the details and sometimes he really grabs the attention.  I find many small paintings in almost every painting I paint. I think this is a fun strategy to use at the end of a painting day.  It is fun and it will help train your eye to see and look for the design in a non objective way.

Thank you for reading my blog!  When you are out walking around be aware of the little gifts and treasures, they may inspire you, when you least expect it!  

Take care,

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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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3 Responses to Carapace found in a lost dragonfly summer…..

  1. Chris Meissner says:

    Hi Cat! The contrast between the simplicity and the complexity in the painting really caught my eye. I’ve never looked at my work in black and white, that’s a great tip. Looking at your b&w, there is a nice range of lights to darks. It’s a beautful painting Cat, love it!

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