Continuing with my interest in chaos and calm, I am learning that I can embrace both. My work always reflects the world around me, and the world certainly has chaos and calm, although we have to strive for the calm! I am learning to accept the chaos as well. This year I have also been inspired by a new online group, Global Art Project, in which a group of international artists exchange fragments through the mail and then make an artwork out of "frags". I love participating with this group and have even been able to meet some of the artists in person as we had a group demonstration in Concord, NC at the Clearwater Artist Studios. The show of collaborations will be there until the end of August. I have done collage in the past , but this has sparked a new approach. I have also been active with a group of Steven Aimone's students in a group online, and we are having two upcoming shows, one in North Charleston and one in Beaufort, SC.
I have talked about this before that I have two different approaches to my paintings. I still like to do "busy" paintings and "calm" paintings, and sometimes I try to combine them into one work. For now, I am starting a new series called "Alternative" (meaning an alternative me) which will have my latest "busy" works. I guess I have to follow my mood and do different things as it occurs to me. We will see where this leads!
This is one of 24x24" canvas paintings I did at ACA workshop. My intention was to create some quiet space in the midst of busyness areas.
While working at the ACA I did a lot of work, both on canvas and on paper. This is one of my new series on paper done with acrylics and mixed media. I enjoyed so much having the time and space to work everyday to create a new collection of paintings.
I had the privelege of recently attending one of Steve Aimone's Master Class Workshops at Atlantic Center for the Arts. It was one of the most rewarding weeks I have spent in the past few years, if not ever! There were sixteen artists from all over the world there, each one pursuing their own art. The companionship was wonderful, and each person added to the experience of then whole. Steve, of course, added his usual insightful comments to each one of us and to the group. I am so thankful that I was able to do this!
I have been painting for many years in several different media and have won awards in juried shows and had one-woman and small group shows. The learning aspect of painting has been a great joy and driving force for me. For the past few years I have become interested in abstract work and have been studying how to understand abstract work and how to do it.