"Wondering About the Wild Lands" - mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas, 30" x 24" x 1.5" . Ready to hang. Available here and at Artfinder.
He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams. - J.R.R. Tolkien
When Tolkein wrote about the wild lands, I wonder if he was writing about abstract painting.
Because it is a wild land, this place where we paint things that are not but now are. And figuring out how to tame the wild land just enough that it is pleasing to the eye and yet still makes the heart trip a little (or a lot) is a lot like taming a bronco enough to let you get on and be flung off repeatedly. There exists simultaneously bruising and exhilaration.
Wondering About the Wild Lands
For this piece, a inspiration photo (a lost hike pic) was cropped, flipped and enhanced to saturate color and abstract form. From this jumping off point, watercolor crayon and watercolor were used on canvas to rough in the shapes. Then the requisite 80 million layers of acrylic paint and water pushed around with brayers, brushes, towels, fingers, scrapers and forearm.
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