Thursday, November 10, 2011

"The Poetry" ($60.00)

($60.00......mounted on a 1.50"depth clayboard)

"The poetry of the autumn landscape is a call to embrace beauty." It takes intentionality and time to enjoy beauty. Otherwise, we could all lose sight of the positive things in life.

Even when composing a serene and quiet piece, texture is still a provocative design element that adds complexity to a piece without clutter. Gesso, molding paste, crackle paste, pouring medium, erratic lines done in pencil, palette knife applications, brush strokes, etc....are all ways to add texture. Of course, you don't need to do all of these things in the same piece, but it is a way to give the viewer something more to look at than a single image on a blank sheet of paper. With the vast volume of imagery that crosses our eyes everyday, it is imperative to have depth and visual interest. Knowing how to do that is a lifelong pursuit, but ever so rewarding.

Layering is the logical process of achieving complexity. And the case could be made that all art is layering. I like to think of it in the same way that it is done in Photoshop. Every time a change is made, there is a new layer. It is not necessary to cover the entire piece with a new layer of paint or texture to have a new layer. The subtlety comes when the artist is very selective about where to add additional elements or techniques. Just keeping a journal of one or two techniques is a great way to keep your hands on art everyday. Just something to think about.

Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.


  1. This is a beautiful piece; I cannot tell if it is painted or photograph. The versals are WONDERFUL!!

  2. Just beautiful! I don't know what I like most - the art or the message!

    "Otherwise, we could all lose sight of the positive things in life." thanks for the encouragement Dee!