“Winter”

As promised, here is another one from Seasons mini-series, “Winter”:
img_3854 I had the hardest time with this one. A kind of block~ I don’t know if it’s because I really don’t like winter. As I get older, I don’t seem to handle cold and dark very well.

Anyhoo, for me, the good things about winter are being warmed by a hearth, rest, hibernation and sleep. I wanted to show a blanket of cold over a sleeping earth:
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The hard earth below is done with many textured rocks built up into layers:
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Over the earth, is a dark stormy sky mottled with forming snow:
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And on top of the blanket of cold, through the veil of sleep, snowy sprinkles:
img_3857 The white striations remind me of stitching on blankets.

I hope you like this piece, I am satisfied with its overall harmonious and calming feel despite the stormy clouds.

“The Dove”

img_3772 Above is an acrylic pouring medium painting I’ve done recently. It is a personal piece that I had in my head for a while. I won’t go too much into detail but this painting is symbolic of a specific moment in my life.

The effect that I like most about this piece is the “honed marble” look. Again, please excuse my iphonography (but it’s really hard to show in the photo), the matte but smoothness of the surface:
img_3775It was achieved by applying matte varnish to the painting. The whole painting was varnished thoroughly in gloss varnish for protection, and then varnished superficially in matte for effect. If you look closely in real life, the gloss is still present in the crevices; this is why it looks like honed marble. The painting feels really nice to the touch. It almost feels counter-intuitive to use a high-gloss medium to achieve a matte product in the end. But, the pouring medium really adds to the dimension and layered aspect of the painting.

You can see the built-up layers from the sides especially:
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And the undulating layers of the clouds:
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Detail of dove:
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I am really pleased with the way this painting turned out. Since, I’ve been mulling it over in my head for years on how to do this painting. It is really difficult to capture a feeling, the atmosphere and visual realities one had at a specific moment in time. In this piece, I was able to express what I wanted though the tactile and symbolic elements.