Depth of Memory through layers of time…

I have always had a sense of longing to know my past, to firmly place myself in another time and feel how that would be for me.  I have a tapestry that I found 35 years ago in a dusty attic at Frank’s grandmother’s home that hangs in my bathroom today.  It reminds me of a past time that was rich in culture and time honored traditions,yet this tapestry fits quite well in my life of today.  This tapestry in it’s timelessness captivates my mind and queries me to think about my art as somewhat of a tapestry of paint.  Each layer a warp or weft of pigment working together to create an emotional space in which my figures live.

Texture has always been a love of mine ,even when I worked in watercolor, I was constantly finding ways to create texture in my work.   There was something so unfinished in a slick surface for me and that feeling remains today. I  have always wanted something to add interest to my work, to make me want to look deeply into it and perhaps touch it or entertain the thought of entering it.  Through the years working in many  different medias, I still find I am constantly striving to create interest through texture no matter what the medium. I want each piece to have room to breathe in and out, to feel as if it could possibly be as timeless as my beloved tapestry.

Someone at my last show asked me a question that I thought was a good question and I am not sure I answered it adequately. He asked me how do you know when  a painting is finished…I thought about it and with a huge smile I told him when I look at it and I feel if add anything more it will only bore the viewer.  I should have also added there is a point in every painting for me,in which I see clearly what this painting means to me.  It is a pivotal point in the work.  I simply become one with it and I know at that time that I  will not give up on it, no matter how difficult the struggle.

This is a painting that is in progress, I reached this  pivotal point last night. I wanted to post this painting  and write about this point in a painting in my work process.  I am aware of it, but I don’t often recognize it for what it is, or for how important it is in my  work.  My guess is every artist has this same point, even though they might now stop and think about it as anything of import at the time.  

The push and pull of the struggle  in the creation can often wear us down and we blindly attack our work,but in the end; there is this momentous moment when we know it was worth the pain and agony and the parts of whole solidify.  The reward even if only personally, is so sweet. 

Dotted Blueswm (1 of 1)


Thank you for reading my blog, I hope it in some way helps and interests you about art and painting.

Take care,

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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8 Responses to Depth of Memory through layers of time…

  1. garihatch says:

    Cat, I loved reading your blog today and I love your journey with art. I am so glad you have brushed against my existence on this earth.

  2. Karen says:

    Cathy, having worked next to you, I know they were many times where I thought you could stop and the painting was beautiful. But that pivotal pivotal moment is what gives the painting it’s meaning. That is because this work comes from your heart. Isn’t it good to take this moment to reflect, while you write this, to feel if this painting’s moment has arrived?
    xo Karen

  3. Edd Smith says:

    I was going to leave a comment about your painting on Facebook, but decided to click on the link first. Great blog! And the painting! I love the polka dot skirt, the composition, color…and mystery. I’ve noticed certain reoccurring elements like shadowed faces, invisible arms, figures standing on circles, gloves, hair dos. Are these things something the observer should understand, or do you want us to draw (heh) our own conclusions? Either way, it makes your work intriguing.

    • Hey Edd,
      Thank you for the kind words. All of the things you see as reappearing have done so in my work for years..they have significant meaning for me,but they are personal and I would rather the viewer to place their on feeling and emotions into the work when they view it and not be hindered by any preconceived meanings that I have for my work. Although,I will often hint to the meaning in the title at times.
      I find your work equally intriguing and I am mesmerized by the details!
      Thanks for the comment!

  4. CarolWiebe says:

    Texture is also one of my loves, so I really related to that part of your post–especially accidental textural surprises that cause wide eyes and an intake of breath. I am also just beginning an online course about telling a story with your art, and will be using a huge box of photos I collected from my mother as we helped move her and my dad into a retirement home. Those photos represent a fairly recent “history” but I anticipate a big range of emotions as I employ them as catalysts.

    Thank you for all you share. It feels authentic to me, and your paintings cause skyrockets of delight to shoot from my brain.

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