Friday, March 1, 2013
This series was sparked during lunch with a friend when he jokingly placed his napkin in front of his face as I took his photo. I began to think about how our gestures and the things we cherish are representative of "us"; how each person has something that defines them; how the small things can sustain and nourish us through life's difficulties. Some of the things portrayed are literal, others representative of something larger. It is important to me that I capture, but not hold prisoner, a piece of the subject's essence in each painting. Because it is more than a form or parts of the body that make up a figure painting.
For this body of work, most pieces were created using a limited pallet of transparent earth red, ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, titanium white, and at times, actual black and a hint of cadmium red when required. Most of the darks seen in the figures are the result of transparent earth red mixed with ultramarine blue. I paint for the pleasure painting, sometimes there is not a finished product. Painting gives me a sense of peace and belonging, along with endorphins, similar to a runners high. It's my belief that these emotions further my connection to the painting and thereby embedding part of my spirit in each painting, too.
Posted by Serena at 12:02 PM