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.
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.
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!!
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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.
Thank you Judy for the kind words and taking the time to read my blog
! I am so glad you like my work and can feel what I am trying to emote!
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!
Ro!!! That is great! We are simply cut from the same cloth! So glad my work resonates with you! Thank you so much for reading and for commenting on my blog!!
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.