I have been struggling for years with the conflict I have of wanting to simplify to what I think is the essence of a painting and/or going with the mess that is made with the beginning of the painting. I have been taught that an artist must have a recognizable style and should stick to it become well known. The style must come from within the artist and, for me, be the "why" of my painting. My "why" has been to produce peaceful and contemplative works that resonate with me and the viewer. Recently I have been revisiting the important eras of my life and what has been important to me; and it has occurred to me that although I have been a small-town girl for a good while, I was a city girl for many years, I still enjoy the fast-paced life of having many things going on. Maybe that is why I like to leave some paintings in a more energetic mode and can be satisfied with not simplifying them. Now that I understand this I can enjoy painting both ways.
"Skies Are Blue" 20x20 inch mixed media canvas This is one of my newest works in a "Landscape Forms" series. I am enjoying doing abstracted renditions of landscapes from my memory. Since I spend time at the coast and near the mountains, I hope to do both types of scenes. Some will evolve into more abstraction, some less.
For a long time I have wanted to incorporate rocks or stones into my artwork. I love rock formations and feel a certain affinity with the sizes, shapes, forms, colors etc that are inherent with stones; they seem such a metaphor for life. This morning there was a post from Robert Ginn about the meaning of obos, the stacking if stones, often three, to mark a place along a trail or other place. This struck me as the perfect way to put stones into paintings, marking my way along the journey of painting.
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.