Contemplation

The studio is full of new work and new excitement for the 2020 year ahead. Later this month I will be in New York City to be one of the jurors selected to jury the awards for the 153rd American Watercolor International Exhibition. The American Watercolor Society is the oldest watercolor society in America and is a pillar in the watermedia world. I am so excited to see the paintings in person and to have the honor of spending time with the two other jurors at the Salmagundi Club. I am sure it will be a daunting task but I look forward to it! It is my honor and privilege to serve in this capacity.

In March I will have an exhibition of around 20 paintings at the Ohr Okeefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi. I have chosen pieces that will give a broad overview of my work and my process. I am very excited to have my work hang in the museum. It is an exciting museum full of history and wonderful art. If you are ever on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Mississippi be sure and visit this innovative and beautiful museum.

Later this year, I will have an exhibition in October, at Tew Galleries. I have been with Tew Galleries for many years and always love have exhibits with them in Atlanta. Tew Galleries has been such an integral part of my art life. Corky, Jules, and Tim have been a great support team for my art and valued friends to me. I am very grateful to them.

Now onto what is happening at present. I am always trying to give myself new tasks to nudge my work in different ways. I paint figuratively and most of the time that demands I use a vertical or square format. I use these two formats to give the figure a powerful feeling which almost always gives the intent that I am desiring in the painting. I was looking over images of paintings in my archives and it dawned on me that I almost never paint anything horizontal any longer. It gave me the impetus to force myself to paint the horizontal format again. I don’t know why I did not start with something a bit smaller but 10 days in on this, I realized it would have been a more wise approach. It has now been a couple of weeks of tweaking small things on the painting and this is the time I need to stop and live with it for a while and make sure it is finished . I believe even in this horizontal format the figure has the quiet and soft strength that I wanted it to have. I think I might integrate more horizontal formats into my work in the future. It is good to go back and look through your older work, you learn a good bit about yourself when you do.

Contemplation 48x60x2 acrylic on canvas

Thank you for your time and I hope in some way this blog will give you insight into my work. I feel very blessed to have the platform to share and the love of paint.

.Please remember to check out my website, I add new work as it is finished and available. https://cathyhegman.com

Take care,

Cathy Hegman

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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