In November, my husband developed an allergic reaction to all solvents I used in painting with oils. I tried painting oils outside, but my husband’s allergy symptoms immediately re-emerged. Not wanting to harm him or the environment, I have approached this new development as an opportunity to do some experimental work in mixed media and in new subject matter.
I am exploring work in acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, pastels, graphite and inks. Below is a piece I recently completed that combines watercolor, pastel and graphite. This piece was a created over a few weeks time and emerged from my intuition. The words of a poem, titled Treadmills Windmills, spins out of the blades of the windmills. The poem was inspired by a comment my son made while visiting my studio.
I have been thinking for years about starting a new series titled “Air.” Air is a vaporous substance to try to bring to life on paper and ideas have been forming in the back of my mind for years for this series. But I have been afraid to start. Until now. I realized that painting in oils felt heavy and serious, and leaving oils feels freeing and reflective of my essential self, for now.
Today I finished Peek a Boo in pastel and charcoal. I painted this painting for the fun of it. I love the interplay of light and shadow on the sheep and the grasses. And I had a great time painting it over the Thanksgiving holidays.
I am fortunate that I have experience in and comfort using many mediums from ink and graphite, to pastels and printmaking. I look forward to discovering what emerges next from my heart and hands.