So the last 6 months off an on I have been working on 4 paintings religiously for this show. Lots of components involved, never could get the colors/textures to evoke the right feeling I want, so there are MANY layers to these paintings! I thoroughly have enjoyed the process though. The theme of this show is “FRAGILE: Our Precious World.”
When I began brainstorming what I wanted to paint for this my thoughts immediately went to creatures again. Mythology from all cultures always have Gods of nature, weather, water etc., and I got excited to see if I could capture something in that vein. I thought….if all these Gods were actually REAL and they are watching what we are doing to the Earth what would they do? Nothing good I am assuming! So off I went to drawing out my ideas.
The first drawing is probably my favorite, and of course I lost it somewhere carrying it to my studio! Thank goodness I took a photo. It’s very abstract and grotesque looking which I thought was perfect for what I had in mind.
Then I went to town and drew a sea creature, a flower monster, and others that I didn’t end up painting but I still found pretty cool. Right away I was itching to paint these. Thought I could really play around with colors with this subject matter, and make them as whimsical and other worldly as I wanted.
The first painting really took on a life of it own, and has its own unique style which I am very tempted at a later date to have a series based off of this painting. This piece really felt like the most powerful visually to me, and is very much abstract/surreal compared to what I usually do. The colors really just “zing” in person, and in low lighting it almost looks like its glowing in the dark. The image to the left is the final version, but seeing it in person is a completely different experience, as it goes for most artwork!
The second piece I started was the sea monster piece, which REALLY went through a LOT of changes. I loved the composition the whole time, but the color palette was just never quite right so I kept changing it. I also added bubble wrap to the top of it, which adds a beautiful Iridescence to the water texture. I love that it speaks to the subject of plastics in our oceans, and also was very useful in adding layers to my painting! The image here is not final at all, but shows the bubble wrap I added onto the painting. Come to the Brush Gallery to see the final in person!
The third painting in the show I actually started painting because my boyfriend and I started writing a story together, and I thought it made sense with the rest of the pieces. The story is about a lava girl lost in life until she finds this volcano creature, and everything just makes sense once she finds him. I think this painting also showcases another natural phenomenon on Earth that can easily "blow up” in our faces! More creatures that can take it out on the World if we are not careful with how we treat it.
The last painting I sketched out later on because I realized I wanted one piece taking place in the forest. A venus fly trap came to mind, so I started sketching it out. This piece also went through A LOT, when I started it I knew it was missing something but I couldn’t figure out what it was. Then I realized it was VERY flat looking, had no sense of space. My sister Allyson helped me out with this, she didn’t know what was wrong either but her words helped things click into place for me! Thank you sis!
And so….I added a very Monet-like background with a landscape behind everything! I think this helped lock everything into place. I also added plastic coming in from the outside of the frame, and hanging out of the flower monsters mouth. This is hard to see unless you come see it in person since all the plastic is clear, but I also think showcases the message I wanted to have. Plastic is coming from everywhere, including in our forests. I don’t know how many times I have walked through the woods and have seen TONS of plastic bottles and trash just tossed where ever because people are just so GODDAMN lazy
Also…..STOP BUYING PLASTIC! The more we buy it, the more companies produce it, the less companies are willing to recycle it. China by the way now refuses to take on our recycling, and I don’t really blame them. We are getting worse and worse by the year with this and we need a BIG change. I have slowly little by little been getting rid of anything that is plastic that goes into my recycle bin repeatedly or sadly go in the trash. It’s NOT EASY! But it has to be done. It’s so hard to find companies that don’t bottle their shit in plastic. If I can’t find something without plastic I will try to make it myself, that’s what it comes to! I have actually in the long run been saving myself a TON of money, and I know you will too. Just do what you can! I know life can be crazy, but this is our only home, how long do we want it and the creatures living on it to last?