These paintings are my current work, using a technique of layered cursive text to create abstracts and textures. For a full description, click on the Statement link above.
Being on the water, on the sea, is one of my great loves and for a long time my expression of it was through photography. Here I challenged myself to paint water using mostly line work. These works run the gamut in size from 6 inches square to 3 feet by 4 feet, and are in acrylic with sometimes encaustic (beeswax) and oil pastel fused together.
Encaustic art is beeswax with resin, and sometimes pigment, sometimes other materials for mixed media work. It's a tough medium to work with but can create works that are not just fun to look at but in person have a translucence or a surface that one just wants to touch. Or, as a friend recently described, makes the work into "an object of desire."
Produce as plants are usually so lovely that often while cooking, I will stop what I am doing and head to the studio with my ingredient in hand...
The goal with each of these works was to challenge the viewer to discern what is going on in the image. We all make up our own meanings, but that is a huge part of the fun of art.
"Pulchritude," of course, means beauty. It is so easy to see beauty in almost any plant matter, but the challenge for me is to express it in such a way as to help us to see things anew-- not the same old, same old beauty shots. In each case here, the materials are telling a story or describing a character, as well as showing off detail we often miss in our everyday.