2013 Red Herrings

Turbulent weather and times are marking the new year, I am hoping the scars will not linger.  In the studio as always in January, there is the air of remorse over loved ones that have left from laughter filled holidays.  I find it hard to center or find concentration, and level out my emotions during January.  I usually begin to regain my composure around the third week of the new year, this year feels no different to me.  I have finalized a couple of paintings over the holidays.  I have begun a few new pieces of art this month as well.

I am constantly struggling with painting the feeling of the helplessness, that seems to be ever present in my life, as I get older.  I can remember hearing older friends and family telling me of all the change they had seen in their time, and I cavalierly smiled and thought how silly they were.  The mother ship has landed, I am there now.  The things I thought unthinkable before, have now become intricately fabricated into  my life.  All of this to say, I feel a new series of works coming as an offshoot of my Weight of Balance Series, this one is based on what we see and are told; and how much of it is just to appease us, in an attempt to keep us from finding out the truth.  This series will be called Red Herrings.

I wanted to have a textural background for this first piece, that would belie the theme of this series, in other words it would appear in  one way; but would be serving as a cover up of  something else all together.  The substrate I chose was cradled wood.  I covered it in newspapers and canvas, as these both signify bits and pieces of my past.  I can remember as a child visiting houses that had used newspaper on their walls to help insulate them from the elements.  I thought it was great you could read the walls!  It was a poor man’s insulation; but I had no knowledge of what it meant.  Other houses when I was young, would have pretty wall paper, which was applied over cheesecloth covered board walls.  Both of these coverings  served the same purpose to cover and insulate, yet each had a connotation of the homeowners financial status and place in society.  They were in effect a form of red herrings in and of themselves. They in an attempt to do one thing covered up the real meaning of the home.  As a child I liked them both equally.  

Here is the timeline of Red Herrings and a brief description of why and how about the process of the first painting in this new series. 

In the middle stages the elements of the design are established.

In the middle stages the elements of the design are established.

Marks are added to enhance the figure.  The marks are made to take away any pristine or controlled element of the painting.These will be covered and uncovered as the painting advances

Marks are added to enhance the figure. The marks are made to take away any pristine or controlled element of the painting.These will be covered and uncovered as the painting advances

the layering serves to diffuse and define the figure as well as add depth to the painting as a whole.

the layering serves to diffuse and define the figure as well as add depth to the painting as a whole.

detail of the bottom portion of the painting

detail of the bottom portion of the painting

Red Herrings by Cathy Hegman 40 x 30 mixed media on wood 2013 final copy small watermarked (1 of 1)
Red Herrings by Cathy Hegman 40 x 30 mixed media on wood 2013

My solitary figure stands balancing in a turbulent world and searching for the meaning of it all.

I hope everyone had  a joyous and blessed Christmas.   Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  I hope it has in some small way been an asset to your art journey.  

Take care,

Cathy Hegman AWS,NWS,MSWS,MOWS, SAA,SW, ISAP
http://www.cathyhegman.com
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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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