So I have been working hard to come up with a voice for myself. This was the major issue I had when I was in college for illustration. I had no "style" so there was no way for me to become a freelancer. I also decided that wasn't the lifestyle I wanted at the time so I moved on to doing graphic design and taught myself all the programs. Now I finally feel like I am onto something with my latest series for the Brush Gallery show, Reflections: Homage to a Friend.
Trees have always been something I love to observe and look at. So I thought, why not make giant paintings of them? With my own spin on them and inspired by Deirdre Grunwald, a mentor we lost earlier this year. I was inspired by a few of her pieces, making a frame within a frame. She also used gold leaf quite often which I thought was beautiful. So my goal was to mix all of these ideas together to create something that was colorful, gestural, and structured all at the same time.
The first image to the left is called "Intertwining Trees" and is part of a collaboration piece which came out beautiful at the Brush Gallery. We all had a certain color palette to work with which was very hard for me, but I loved how it turned out. This was the first tree piece I painted in the series. The piece to the right is called "Tree Textures." This piece is 36" tall, so it's really tall and skinny which is a different dimension than I usually deal with. Deirdre usually painted in this kind of dimension so I thought it would be fun to try out. Also, trees are tall, right?!
This was the third tree painting I worked on, which I was really excited when I started and then I went through many trials and tribulations with the color palette. There are probably about 4 paintings underneath this one because the colors just were not working out. Once I figured out to make the pine trees that lime green color, the whole piece just came together. Also the purple touches just really made everything vibrate.
This piece I started around the same time as the last one, but took me months to get through since I was painting it from life its an oak tree behind my back porch. So I only painted it when it was nice out or the light came into my condo just the right way! This color palette stayed the same the whole time I painted it. I had a vision for that and I also knew I didn't want any gold leaf on it I knew the colors would clash and it would be too much. This painting really was meditative for me I love painting outside!
Finally, this pair I was inspired to make pretty close to the show going up, and I really struggled to get the right side to feel like it belonged to the left. I was having a lot of fun playing with the gold leaf so I decided to add those as leaf pretty close to this being finished. Now its my favorite part of this duo!
Our reception for this show is June 21st at the Brush Gallery in Lowell, from 5-7pm. It will be up until July 29th so please come! The whole gallery is singing with colors and shining with gold.