In the studio, week two of the e-course with Pauline Agnew awakened a love of new color palettes, new ways of seeing light and a courage to try even more outrageous things in the pursuit of art. We aren't yet "elegant and in rhythm with our selves", but we are doggedly determined to make each lesson stick.
In the park last week, we watched a mother swinging her child around and around in that helicopter way we used to swing our own children, recalling fondly the contagious laughter and the word "again! again!" which all children know is the universal signal for halcyon glee. As this painting emerged last week, my painter spirit whispered again again to the muse.
I like to think that the constant internalization of artists makes us sturdy enough to carry the love, to take it in and pour it out again for others to savor. As I watch the artists in my own creative tribe navigate the waters of current global and personal change, my jaw simply hangs open in awe of their fearlessness, optimism, openness and generosity. It tumbles out in the art, wraps the world in its arms and whispers hey, here's a hug.
About the painting: Some stories are meandering....this painting is one of those stories. Beginning as an e-course exercise in abstracted earthy colors based on an inspiration image, it took a few detours. It wasn't until a subsequent exercise in Diebenkorn glazes that the lightbulb went off and the abstraction fell into place. Acrylic, watercolor crayons, colored pencil and Artgraf. And a whole lot of persistence! (Many thanks to Carl Stoveland Photography for permission to riff off of one of his incredible images)
The Oliver quote above made me pause and smile to myself. It is true. I can be absentminded....but only because my head is busy thinking other things. I am always thinking. Thinking while I walk while I plan while I compose while I write while I paint while I water the plants. There is a whole world of thought in there which I haven't yet tired of exploring. Maybe that is just the lot of the introvert. Or the fertile ground of the creative. But in the new social order, I will likely do-se-do instead of grapevine left. Mind yer toes, there.
About the painting: this began as one of the course color studies, which became an underpainting for the final piece. Acrylic paint, palette knife, paint brush, spray bottle and rubber wedge. The chromatic black is my new favorite color - a mix of Van Dyke Brown and Prussian Blue. Of the colors nearest to black in art, Pauline says the goal is "dark, not dead." Omg. Right on, I say.
Jen Jovan and her imaJENation