Holidays are fun but exhausting! There is a distinctive ebb & flow to our lives around the holidays with kids out of school, college students home, laundry piling up, grocery lists lengthening and the social calendar filling up! Every schedule remains discombobulated for weeks, sleep is nonexistent and I find myself clinging to any cup of caffeine, in any corner of quiet I can find!
I realized it is a lot like my artistic process! There is an ebb & flow to my studio time. At any given time I have several pieces going at once, in various stages of completion. I move from piece to piece, adding colors, adding texture, working big, working small, or sometimes I just want to focus all of my attention on one particular piece. My personal ebb & flow, sans sand, sun and surf!
The collage featured here is one that has been painted with both a palette knife and brushes, with the addition of strips from unique security envelopes and vintage books. It's color scheme makes me think of early paintings of ships on fire, after cannon battles at sea. I like the smokiness of it and the strips of paper are like sightings of land or any small shred of reality through the heavy post-battle haze. And there is a small ebb & flow that can be found in the brushstrokes. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!