Jumping into Even…January One

Jumping into Even by Cathy Hegman  40 x 40 beginning stage

Jumping into Even by Cathy Hegman 40 x 40 beginning stage

A brand new year and a brand new painting has begun.  I worked through most of the  holiday season and was able to take a more lengthy approach to my work.  All the little monkeys in my head were at rest or on vacation, and I was able to really think about my work and the direction of my art without the tugs of deadlines and commitments looming over me.

The new painting, “Jumping into Even”, is painted with acrylic on cradled wood panel.  The intent is multifaceted for me,  I will not go into the personal dynamics of it; but  I will will hint at it, by saying,  I find more and more there was a form of  wisdom in being a child, that I have to search for as an adult.  The design intent is simple; as in most of my work,  a  solitary figure  that is in the act of jumping. I have, in the past done several paintings where the figure was in the act of falling ,or in a transitional stage of falling, so this is not that distant from some of my previous paintings and is akin to almost all of them.  My art tends to reflect my past, in this painting it is about childhood memories and how they translate into adult life for me.  The very act of jumping is elevating and freeing oneself of the bonds of gravity,if only briefly there is something very empowering about it. Balance is a constant muse for me and there is something of a balancing that goes on while jumping, so it seems to meld into recent series of works.   The figure in this piece while it seems very thoughtlessly painted, was anything but thoughtless, I lay awake at night thinking of how I wanted this figure to appear.  My aim was to incorporate a figure that would be able to translate the embodiment of freedom to and for anyone.  The upper portion of the figure gave me the most problems as the process of painting began. I had it drawn exactly as I wanted it but I knew, I would lose it as I painted, and indeed I did.  This happens often with my work, the beginning drawing is lost; but, it always ends up that in loosing it I find the real intent in my work.  The drawing is simply the bones, that must be covered to have life.

Jumping into Even Cathy Hegman  day three   *note the upper body has changed its attitude.

Jumping into Even Cathy Hegman day *note the upper body has changed its attitude..three

  I am  working with a limited palette and mixing the paints in an effort to make  neutral hues and using only a few colorful contrasts in order to stage the neutrals.  I was at first intent on covering most of the salmon or pinkish tones but as I have worked on this piece I found each time I layered over them, I realized they were crucial to the design of the painting and must be included.

Jumping into Even third day of work..tweaked on the figure's head

Jumping into Even third day of work..changed the upper portion of the figure to give it the attitude I felt it needed..

Jumping into Even by Cathy Hegman

There is something about this painting that is inherent and completely copacetic for me, it is complete metaphor for how I feel right now,as the holidays come to a close. I would love to be free of all the anxieties and grips the world has on me, even if for a moment.


January one is now coming to a close!

Happy New Year to all!!

Cathy Hegman

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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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5 Responses to Jumping into Even…January One

  1. Judy Shreve says:

    I love your work – the depth of emotion you are able to portray with such (seemingly) simple forms and colors – yet it is full of complexity.

  2. Ro Rainwater says:

    As is often the case with us, Cat, your creative process mirrors my own internal process! I love that you can externalize my own, very personal, insights. I, too, am experiencing a renaissance of my youthful self and the integration process is delicious. Love your work!

  3. I echo what the others have said. Your work — and your words — are an inspiration. My focus in my own work for years has been primarily the landscape, Lately though, in my sketches and journal pages, I keep sketching a solitary figure. Time and time again I’m coming back to her, and she to me. All the more reason your work — and this painting in particular — resonates for me. Perhaps it’s time for me to take the leap and JUMP with my own work!
    Thank you for what you do.
    Peace, New Year’s blessings and glorious painting to you.

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