I like to paint in layers and use what shows up in my everyday life. When a student brought me a donut with hot pink frosting, I was not inclined to eat it, but to paint it. I made a donut collage, with PINK, a color I seldom use. It turned out to be an interesting composition, but not really representative of my personal esthetic. And because, one must make art that is significant to their own "voice", I went back into the composition with thin layers of yellow and green neutrals, some grey and some white. For me satisfaction occurs when the work seems alive and has to tell a story, a mysterious, ambiguous story.
Here is the Pink Donut Demo:
24"x24" Mixed Media on Cradled Panel-Available HERE
Do you know someone in Heaven who shows up in your dreams? In this abstract collage you can see many things and make up countless stories, but for me it represents missing someone who visits me in my night-time dreams. Months ago I wrote "I'll see you in my dreams" on a piece of rice paper and yesterday when I noticed it on my work table, I knew it belonged in this painting. This abstract also works as a vertical. When you rotate it, an arched portal is visible.