Posts Tagged ‘growth’
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
One person who saw this said, “This looks like my soul before coffee.”
Sometimes you’ve got darkness swirling inside with the golden good bits, and you just need to send those little pieces of yourself out into the world to try to find more lightness.
This Growth painting is for everyone who has a hard time with wanting to remain invisible, even when they also want to reach out and connect.
Above, you can see the subtle gradations of color and shadow, the play of light in the golden-flecked center. Below, this piece is contained in a frame, trying to outgrow the confines of its page.
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
This is the first of my Growth series to actually have a Zen circle as its central motif. It explores the idea of directionality, suggesting a different kind of movement than the previous ones with their more symmetrical designs.
The softer grey ink circles seem to propel the larger one rather than being thrust from it, ghostly next to the solidity of the black.
The liminal space is tangible here, messy, a dark presence that dominates visually while still giving a grounding point for the vaporous grey bubbles, like matter changing to another state.
Above, you can see the tiny cluster of growths on the inner surface of the Zen circle. Below, this ink art is in a frame, a petite exploration of liminality and motion.
Monday, October 31st, 2016
Inktober is complete! I caught a mild cold or allergy attack or something, but I managed to power through thanks to some huge mugs of strong tea and a couple of hot toddies. Some of these will be available as cards, some of them will be in a bookmark sale for my email list next month, some of them will show up in the Floating Gallery tomorrow, and some of them are already spoken for.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
This delightfully awkward little drawing hearkens back to the heart of my Growth series, leaving out the color entirely and just exploring the idea of sending small bits of yourself both inward and outward.
The line work evokes Shel Silverstein, with a dash of The Little Prince in the volcano-ish eruptions on the surface of the wibbly-wobbly world.
There’s something charming about the exploration of liminal space here, with the clusters expending their energies both inward and outward from the almost-not-there line that defines the boundary.
Do you need a reminder to prioritize Growth in your life?
Above, you can see an extreme close-up on the tiny clusters riding that liminal boundary. Below, you can see the piece in its frame, delicately charming in its hand-drawn-ness.*
*totally a word
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
It’s a celebration of purple this month! The inner circle moves from deep violet to black etched over with the sheen of purple ink. The outer edges mix the intricate circles grouped together like fish eggs with the splash of brightly-mixed ink, purple bleeding into pink.
Like all of my Growth paintings, there is a suggestion of sending parts of the central self out into the aether, of reaching into the void despite the obstacles and finding something beautiful in it.
Where in life do you need a little bit of growth?
Above, you can see how the purple ink separated into almost luminous pinks, reds, and violets, but there are some little circles left intact to hint at the structures that once were. Below, the art is in a small frame, waiting to bring unexpected beauty to a neglected corner of your home.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Subtle dark colours bloom into blues and greys and deep, soft violets, and the intricate detail of pen and ink is nearly lost as the paint splash bursts outward from the central circle.
This is the 4th installment in my Growth series, with a color palette that hearkens back to the first and a design that evolves visually from the third.
Five by five is quite small, and you can find frames just this size at the big craft stores, so you could tuck it into a bookshelf, put it on a desk, or make it one of a cluster of artworks on a larger wall.
Doesn’t everyone need a little Growth in their life?
Growth 4, 5″x5″ pen & ink and Japanese watercolor on watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the hints of pen-and-ink circles, blurred by paint but still visible. Below, the painting is in a frame, all of its beautiful texture on display.
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