It may have been because there was a sale going on for 30"x40" canvases, but I was in the art supply store when I struck with the desire to make a piece that was in pieces. Let me try that again, I wanted to create a piece of work that was composed of multiple canvases. In my head, it could work in several orientations. This is what I came up with on the first go round.
The first two layers one each canvas were done separately. But the last additions of black and gold were done side by side with the intention of connecting the works together.
It was interesting to see how they could work together. And I think that I was able to create a piece that transforms itself depending on the orientation. Then the fun of styling began....
Variation 1 reminds me of weeping willows
Variation 2 looks more like a cityscape to me.
Variation 3 could be the view from a sailboat.
Variation 4 takes me underwater.
Perhaps you see something different in this changeable piece. I would love to hear which is your favorite and what you see.
Beyond simply black and white, this series explores the grey and adds a touch of gold. I love the possibilities of a monochromatic palette but the addition of gold leaf creates something really special.
Each time I paint one of these works, I get an idea for another one. I love the momentum of series like this.
There are times when inspiration whispers in your ear and you follow blindly and obsessively where it leads you. This collection came to me one day over lunch and that afternoon, I was taken by obsession to complete 7 pieces.
The brushstrokes translated movements that were both restrained and free, color that flowed and staggered. Living in mainly black and white but venturing brazenly into luxurious stripes of gold.
My adoration for the series only grew with this photoshoot. Mixing the pieces together, showing them framed and hung, they became part of the living world and I was inspired to create more.
Photos by the Editor of Chic
I have been obsessed with details for as long as I can remember. I would often try and photograph extreme close ups of objects to try and uncover the elusive detail that caught my eye. I think I am getting better at capturing what sparked my interest at a micro level but often the interest lies in how those details play together.
Here are some recent photos of my studies in the relationship of details.
Looking down and looking up - design is in the details. The vase that brings out the deep teal in the painting, the contrast between the smooth marble and the black and white tiles, The choice to add a small work of art to your vanity or desk. All these little details create a space that is blooming with your tastes.
Similarly the choice of fabric, the addition of a bit of sparkle or a contrasting line, the wainscotting surrounding a modern painting in a traditional space. These are design choices in art.
It has been so much fun to explore these details and to start to see them more in my daily life. It is incredible what you see, when you begin to look.