Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Once upon a time, there was this white canvas panel sitting on my easel.  I decided that it shouldn't remain white any longer.   I got out different colors of ink and smeared them around.  After they dried I dripped Titanium White Airbrush paint on the top.
One evening I was sitting in my studio, I began to notice all these faces that started appearing within this piece.  I had other people telling me they saw even more faces.  It was sorta creepy and cool at the same time!!  After much deliberation...
I decided not to bring any of those faces forward.  I turned canvas upside down to see a different perspective.  There were more faces!   By this time I'm intrigued and getting into the mystery of this piece.  There is one section piece in the middle of the canvas, 2/3rd of the way up.  There is an eye, with the pupil and the iris a clear as a bell.  Can you see it?  I couldn't resist any longer.  Needless to say~that became my starting point.
I got out a palette knife, Burnt Umber paint, and began to bring forth whoever was lurking from behind.  I tried to not have any preconceived idea of what to do I simply wanted to letting her roll out on her own.  My intention was to only paint.  I did know that I was only going to use a palette knife and my fingers, no brushes.
As I continued to paint she evolved.
This piece took me "off-center", out of the realm of my normal way of creating.  I feel my art can be safe sometimes and my desire is to learn to loosen up. 
She is titled "Polarity" because within her outward appearance is a combination of gentle and soft in conjunction with a little rebellion.  The truth is, we all have multiple facets of who we are.  

Am I to learn from this piece to loosen up a little more?
Not just in my art but in my life, as well?
Now that's a whole other thought to contemplate.

“Polarity, or action and reaction, we meet in every part of nature; in darkness and light; in heat and cold; in the ebb and flow of water; in male and female; in the equation of quantity and quality; in the fluids of the animal body; in the systole an”
                                                                                                                                          Ralph Waldo Emerson


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