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Studio Update: New Illumination Paintings

It has been a busy week around here. Still recovering from our trip to Berlin, my husband and I are now getting ready to go back to the States to visit family in New Mexico. I feel like I blink and the day is gone, and then the week is gone and there are so many things I need to do. I had two blogging goals for this week: write a post about our amazing street art tour in Berlin, and write an update about my newest watercolors.

I wish I could write more about Berlin, including our visit to the Martin Gropius Bau museum to see Ai Weiwei’s show.  But I’ll just slip in one of my favorite pictures from the trip: me in front of the Brandenburg Gate! IMG_2464

So, on to my new studies.

As you know from my previous post, this series is a new direction for me, inspired by my meditation process and forms found in nature. I have become especially intrigued by little sphere and canoe-shapes, which I continue to play with in various forms.

I don’t exactly know where all this is going right now, but I can say it’s just fun not knowing. Letting go a little bit and just feeling free. By the way, all of these are available in my Etsy shop.

One idea that has come to me again and again is the idea of an exploding or broken mandala:

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In others, I’ve just been experimenting with interactions between spherical shapes and the little leaves or petals that are beginning to form a motif through the work.

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Then I decided to march them across the page in “streams.”

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Next, I tried muted colors and then “zooming in” on the shapes.

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When we get back from New Mexico, I hope I’ll feel refreshed and ready to blow these ideas up into bigger works in acrylic and maybe even spray paint.

Until then, thanks for stopping by! :)

 

 

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