"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.
Working with texture is a great way to experience abstract painting. For the past several years I have been using the elements of design as a language for my artwork. My favorite design elements are line, color, and texture! I think I can say just about anything I want to say with these three elements, and I usually make one of them the dominant element with others contributing.
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.