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COLOR & Texture - Sunflowers & Abstracts
This solo exhibit is held at The Women's Resource
Center of Sarasota, 340 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota.
941-366-1700. The show opens Feb. 3rd and extends
through Mar.26th, 2014. It can be seen most weekdays
from 10:30am to 4pm. The opening reception is on
Feb.6th, 5-7 pm and the public is invited and
refreshments will be served.
Two themes of new artworks will debut; sunflowers
and abstracts. In the sunflower artworks, brilliant color
and strong textures are combined through the application
of multi-layered aqueous media. I start with thin
watercolor glazes to produce soft, transparent
backgrounds. Then thick acrylic paints as well as
delicate gold acrylic inks are applied to create greater
depth and intensity with each sunflower to be rendered
as a unique portrait.
In the abstracts, my approach is to create a feeling
of deep inner space starting with thin layers of acrylic
paints and then layering on highly textured surfaces
using additives such as pumice, granular beads and crackle. More paint is layered to increase
dimension (paint for paint sake). This process is repeated many times until a dream-state
atmosphere evolves and then a touch of realism is added to complete the image.
The common visual effect of both themes is to express complexity with vibrancy.