25 March 2011

Spring Thaw
acylic on paper
9" x 12"

Available as a Matted Print (click here) 

Well, we thought we were out of the woods with winter behind us -- but yesterday another snowfall. Ugh. But luckily the sun slowly made its way through the clouds and all had melted by the afternoon!

Spring Thaw
is the mate to the painting below, which I did last fall.  I painted it on heavy 200 lbs. acrylic paper by Strathmore, which holds up well under multiple layers of water and paint, scratching and rubbing. I may continue with this series, hopefully creating a sense of seasons, of nature's rhythms; also exploring the sensibilities of colors -- what conveys a sense of a season, its feel, its weight or its lightness . . .

Late Autumn
acrylic on paper
9" x 12"

I don't usually work in series but rather randomly hop from one thing to another.  But now I feel I need a bit more structure, more discipline to the act of painting.  Perhaps because time is so compressed for me -- essentially only having the weekend to paint -- I tend to skip about the creative arena.  Two series -- this one and the ink sketches of the human body.  I should be able to handle that, you would think?  We'll see how it progresses, depending upon the gardening season and the weather.

No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction,
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others. 

Martha Graham
American Choreographer


Blue Sky Dreaming said...

It's been a long time sense I've been in a spring thaw but this piece speaks clearly to my memory...I think a series would be terrific! The ink sketches too.

Kelly M. said...

Hello, Mary Ann!!!! So very happy to hear from you -- yes, spring is trying so desperately hard here in Connecticut. And thanks for the encouragement on the series. Feel like I've been in a rut for too long! :-)

Jann Gougeon said...

beautiful work. :)

Caterina Giglio said...

just beautiful work Kelly! love both pieces and they really speak to me about the unpredictability of spring... gorgeous!

Kelly M. said...

Hi, Caterina! Thanks so much for stopping by -- hope spring has arrived where you live?! :-)

ruma said...

Many aid, encouragement, kindness...
From all over the world...

Thanks to all of them.
Tears of the heart will accept them.

From Japan, ruma

Kelly M. said...

Thank you, ruma.

LINDA from Each Little World said...

As perfect a pair of seasonal images as I can ever remember seeing. You have a wonderful eye and hand.