works in progress….


Here is a photo by Thomas Hegman of one of our tractors.  

I love the way he captured the motion and emotion of it all!

The farm is beginning to wake up and become active, the ground is ready and willing and the rain seems to have abated for the next few days.  The farmers are busy now, plotting, planning and thinking of the prospects of the coming year.  Corn is beginning to be planted in nice neat rows, almost too pristine for my taste.  All of the farmers have moved to the new equipment, which uses satellite guidance systems, which in turn keeps all the rows exactly the same distance apart and stagnantly straight.  I just keep thinking about Frank’s daddy, and how he used to laugh and tell me, “he could grow more cotton on a crooked row than he could a straight one”.  I always thought it was funny but who knows, he might not have been completely joking with me !

Long farm hours, equal long studio hours for me.  I am glad to be able to immerse in the moments of freedom that this time of year affords me.  I have been productive in the studio; but, time as not allowed me to be productive with my blogging.  I am waiting for the paint layers to cure and dry; so that I can dive back in, but for now, I thought I would post a jpeg of the work in progress today.   This one will bring the figure in as more of a design element for the painting as a whole,and hopefully it will not lose the narrative appeal in the process. 

Here is what I have so far…

Red Herrings: Testing the Waters

40 x 30

acrylic on cradled wood

Cathy Hegman


I have been working with layers of pigments to create a vibration in the colors of the painting as of late.  It has become important to me that I create a surface that has more than recognizable hues.  I want to look at the surface and be entertained with the surface as well as the painting as a whole.  I think this is a new direction that I am traveling although I am not abandoning anything of the past, it feels fresh and new like spring.  I love a good challenge!

Thank you for reading my blog, I am always grateful.

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 works in progress….

  1. You’re up for the challenge, of course. Very interesting variation on a course…and color. Looking forward to seeing more.

  2. Patty says:

    VERY intriquing!! I am wondering steadily about the hand extending downward. Hmmmm. Love pondering your work, Cathy. I am always just mesmerized. Colors are so vibrant!!! Lots of “life” in them.

  3. Love working with simultaneous vibration. You have a lovely vibration going there with the red line & water & that luscious fishtail!

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