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Eggs & Onions

 

“Eggs & Onions” (c)2013, Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 30″

“Eggs & Onions” (c)2013, Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 30″

Work In Progress

I seem to be allergic to detail–I refuse to think I’m incompetent–when I hold a paintbrush. Give me a digital stylus or pen and ink and I happily enter the dexterous realm of illustration. But unless the canvas is large enough for rendering detail with a big fat brush my fingers fumble unforgivably. So as much as I’d love this image to be finished, it’s still a WIP. Sigh.

Okay, now that prefacing is out of the way, the reason I started this was for a #chagallchallenge on Google +. The long of it you can read here, the short of it is:

The Chagall Challenge is: “Inspired by Marc Chagall” can be interpreted in any way you wish, from a study (or copy) of an individual painting to a general stylistic association to a loose thematic link.

Lena Levin

Eggs & Onions is based on #5 in Lena’s (@LenaLevin_paint) description: “Let it float”: let things that usually remain earth-bound (like cows or goats, for example) fly in your skies.

So, if and when I ever finish it, you can be sure the clouds will part and a morning banquet will rain down upon thee.

Only then will I update the image.

In the meantime, keep your eyes skyward!

Communion

Communion

Communion (c)2011– Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, 24″ x 12″

I stopped painting for two years after my father died in 2009. This was the the canvas that reclaimed my creative spirit. Bach’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor” paired with Gavin Bryars’ “Sinking of the Titanic” * cradled me through swells of anger, love, helplessness and tears, until I reached that place of acceptance and peace. It was very much a cathartic process that began as mourning but ended in freedom through a spiritual communion with my father. Painting is the one place where I can see. This painting has been added to the G+ #FirstFridayArtWalk

* Note: I had the good fortune of attending Gavin Bryar’s 2012 performance of “Sinking of The Titanic” at (Le) Poisson Rouge (@lprnyc), in NYC last April. Both recordings are generously provided by Q2 Music (@Q2Music) and are both  worth your ear.
Communion - Stage 1

Communion – Stage 1

Communion - Stage 2

Communion – Stage 2

Communion - Stage 3

Communion – Stage 3

Communion - Stage 4

Communion – Stage 4

Communion - Stage 5

Communion – Stage 5

 

Quick Study: Square Apples

Quick Study: Square Apples

Square Apples (c)2012 -Acrylic, 20″ x 16″

 

Take the Challenge

I’m connected with the most amazing painter on Google Plus, +Lena Levin.

She started a couple of challenges: “Chagall Challenge”:  making a Chagall-inspired artwork (in any medium, traditional or digital) and posting it on G+ for virtual exhibition in December at +In Studio With The Masters. Any visual artist is invited to participate for a virtual exhibition in December. The other was a personal challenge: the “Wrong color”: to paint something in color that would seem “wrong” realistically speaking, but that would feel “right” to the painter.  The bold freshness of her “Floating apple” got me hooked!

So, besides working on the Chagall Challenge on the side, I started me on my own “Quick Study” challenge. The first thing I do when I walk in the studio is grab a small canvas or board and sketch with paint for ten minutes—like stretching before running. There are no expectations of genius in these, just raw expression.

The image in this post is part of my “Quick Study” series but inspired by Lena’s floating apples. It left me unimpressed; I left it in a corner. Danny’s only comment was, “They’re square!”—hence, the name. But after a couple of days, seeing it out of the corner of my eye, I grew very fond of it! You might not like it, or any of the other studies I’ll post, but they help me work out my color-kinks! So feel free to comment, even if you detest what you see!

On Google plus, you can also follow these tags: #chagallchallenge #weeklychallenge #marcchagall

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