Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Turning a Negative into a Positive

Since leaving my home is an impossibility, I decided to pull out my paints.  Maybe I don't want to quit painting after all.  I was recently stung by a gallery owner who told me that my paintings are not compelling.  I took that hard.  Seeing my hurt feelings, he tried to explain that people prefer realism to abstract.  After I licked my wounds, I realized that's a matter of perception.  While I deeply appreciate the raw talent of people who can paint realistically, I find abstracts very compelling.  They are an act of creation and creation is compelling.  I find abstracts to be very visionary.  I find  it fascinating to contemplate the infinite potentiality of abstracts.  And there you have it, too many words.  Art just is.  It doesn't need to be explained, it's highly subjective.  I'd like to humbly offer my first works of 2011.  All are as yet untitled.
Untitled 2011, 24" x 24", acrylic on canvas.  This is a classic example of not knowing when to quit.  Sometimes I just love layering paint on a canvas.  This work is interesting to me because it's very textural. 

Is it just my dirty mind or does this kinda look like a butt?  I am always seeing various pieces of anatomy in my paintings, and it is purely unintentional.  I am just a conduit for the canvas.

Untitled 2011, 12" x 12" each piece, acrylic and spray paint on canvas. I need the sun, so had fun playing with sunny colors.  I was trying to make these works look like tie dye.  I think I'm onto something here, I intend to experiment more with spray paint.  I need a studio so I can be free to make a mess, and I want to experiment with very large canvases.

I decided to frame  a couple of my prints from my Pink City series in frames I bought at the dollar store.  I think they look pretty good.  What about you dear readers?  Are you snowed in?  Are you using the opportunity to work on your home?  I'd love to hear from you.  And as always, thanks for reading.  xxoo


Unknown said...

Hey! These are good! Very inspirational too! So happy to have found your blog today.

Peggy said...

Hi Zhush! Thanks for visiting and for the compliment. I hope you will visit often. I've been perusing your blog and I love it! I plan to add it to my link list.

Jessie said...

Hey Peggy,
I am trying not to let my winter blues get the best of me. I just keep busy! I like your "butt" painting. lol I love the colors! I also love the hot pink frames you got! I love your pink city photographs!


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