The streetlight outside my bedroom window strikes a koi pond that I painted last year and the shadows always remind me of kabuki masks. Perhaps that is why I wanted to start adding a little dimension to what my paintings share in the dark. With that in mind, I've been having some fun with glow-in-the-dark paint. In fact, most of my paintings from the last six months have a touch of the glow on them somewhere. Maybe it's in the stars, or the shape of water, or perhaps in the trees that seem to have a bit of moonlight ghosting them.
But this... this little guy has captured my heart. The painting was almost accidental. He certainly was. I found a tiny paint splash on my table that looked sort of fishy... I realized it was glow-in-the-dark paint - I added a bit of dimension, and this beautiful blue canvas became all about him. And after reading about Sudan, the world's last white northern rhino who died, (and being extremely concerned about the glaciers disappearing in my home state Alaska), the painting suddenly clicked.
Poor little guy...
Extinction, 8x8, acrylic/resin/mirror on canvas
"Salt" 36x60, oil, mirror, acrylic, and resin on canvas
A bit of a departure from my usual, but such a long history with this one. The textures of 'Lot's Wife,' the inspiration of Malta's salt pans, the gorgeous ever-changing blues of the sea... and my continuing exploration in the world of resin art. A friend stopped by while I was working on it and inspired the splash finish (which can really only be seen in person, unfortunately the camera doesn't capture it). But she is finally finished and every time I walk by this piece, my breath catches.
Lordy, had NO idea I'd be spending December making so many ornaments! When the Andersonville Galleria asked me if I would consider a holiday gift idea, it was by pure happenstance that I lucked into hand-painted resin covered glass balls. They capture light like blown glass but aren't as fragile, and you all loved them! Thank you!!
If you want a large order for next holiday season, I'm taking pre-orders! xoxo
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"…Every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all…
my head is bursting."
-- Claude Monet