Day 29, “Follow Your Intuition” 9×12, oil on paper, framed

$400.00

Details:

“Follow Your Intuition” is an original oil painting on a 12×9 inch heavy, archival paper. The painting comes float mounted in a natural wood frame under museum quality, non-glare glass. The framed dimensions of the piece are approximately 18×15 inches.  I ship every painting out of Pass Christian, Mississippi. This painting will be available for pick up or shipping on February 26, 2024. Please note: the framed image is computer generated. The actual frame is being built at a local frame shop and will have slight variations. Buyer will be sent a photograph when frame is complete to approve before painting ships. 

Inspiration:

My art studio is a 300 square foot storage room underneath our raised house. I have an AC unit but no heat, so for a handful of days during the year it’s miserably cold. Those days are almost always in January. Those days have been all the recent ones. 

So I set up a little table easel in the backroom of my gallery. I meant for it to be just for one day or so, but I have enjoyed leaving my house so much to paint, I’ve stayed at that little make-shift workspace for the last two weeks. The lighting isn’t good. It’s cramped, and yet the change of scenery feels exactly right. 

From this space, these images on paper have emerged. They come almost entirely from my imagination, and I don’t know what they are going to look like until they arrive. They are freeing because I do not have to move my eyes back and forth from reference image to painting. I have only to look at the surface in front of me and see what happens. 

These paintings are about trusting my training. Trusting that I know enough about proportions and shapes and lines to use and bend and break the “rules.” 

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Details:

“Follow Your Intuition” is an original oil painting on a 12×9 inch heavy, archival paper. The painting comes float mounted in a natural wood frame under museum quality, non-glare glass. The framed dimensions of the piece are approximately 18×15 inches.  I ship every painting out of Pass Christian, Mississippi. This painting will be available for pick up or shipping on February 26, 2024. Please note: the framed image is computer generated. The actual frame is being built at a local frame shop and will have slight variations. Buyer will be sent a photograph when frame is complete to approve before painting ships. 

Inspiration:

My art studio is a 300 square foot storage room underneath our raised house. I have an AC unit but no heat, so for a handful of days during the year it’s miserably cold. Those days are almost always in January. Those days have been all the recent ones. 

So I set up a little table easel in the backroom of my gallery. I meant for it to be just for one day or so, but I have enjoyed leaving my house so much to paint, I’ve stayed at that little make-shift workspace for the last two weeks. The lighting isn’t good. It’s cramped, and yet the change of scenery feels exactly right. 

From this space, these faces have emerged. They come entirely from my imagination, and I don’t know what they are going to look like until they arrive. They are freeing because I do not have to move my eyes back and forth from reference image to painting. I have only to look at the surface in front of me and see what happens. 

When I was eighteen years old, my Aunt Catherine, creator of these hyper-realistic pencil drawings, taught me the proportions of the human face. Things like one eye’s length between each eye. One eye from bottom of eye to the rounded part of the nose. The eye was my unit of measurement for everything. And now, even though I paint the eyes, nine times out of ten, I cover them up by the painting’s end. 

These faces are about trusting my training. Trusting that I know enough about proportions and shapes and lines to use and bend and break the “rules.” That more than twenty years later, I can use what she taught me as the basis not for realism but as a springboard for something intuitive, abstract, and, for me this month especially, therapeutic. 

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