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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