Friday, September 25, 2009

Meta-painting...

Someone once told me that bloggers who blog about blogging are meta-blogging. I'm borrowing that term to describe my process of re-painting The Poplar Line in an alternate style. So to me, it's a painting about painting.
Poplar Jazz, 24 x 24, acrylic on deep cradle panel
Though this version (below) eventually grew on me, I needed a more expressionistic version - more about color and movement - and, well, - paint.
The Classical Poplar Line

And because the gallery was organizing a show themed Music, Music, Music, I titled them to suit: The Classical Poplar Line and Poplar Jazz.
This is how they are hung in the show - with Changes Coming above. I like how the placement of Changes Coming above and "behind" the others works with its view of the poplars off in the distance. Kinda surreal.

Sometimes I feel so close to something I make or paint, that I don't want to part with it. That was true of this painted chair harp. This actually was the first one I did a few months ago. I needed something to trade at an artists' gift exchange so I did this quickly the day of the event, wrapped it and watched it go to someone who clearly was less than thrilled. I was miffed as I'd like to have kept it. I later learned the recipient thought the imagery disturbing to her fundamentalist beliefs. (!!!???) Another artist (unbeknownst to me at the time) -

loved it so much that she proposed to custom-make and trade one of her fabulous stained glass pieces for this one. I recently attended an all-girl poker party at her house and voila! - there was Crow Madam hanging on the wall! I apologize for the quality of the photos - after all, it was a party!

It meant a great deal to me for someone to appreciate and want something I made enough to go to so much trouble. It means even more that a piece I feel so connected to resides with someone I like and admire - and who appreciates the work.

10 comments:

Roy said...

Three takes on the same subject; very interesting! And it must be very satisfying to walk into someone's home and see your work hanging there. The art seems to be moving for you again!

Paula Cravens said...

I like your chair harp very much and am glad it went to the right home. I do really love the little funky chicken.

DJ said...

With so many members of the population who don't "get" art, there's nothing like experiencing someone who DOES GET IT! And when you find someone who GETS YOUR WORK, it's time to throw a parade, honey!
It was appropo that you were at a party!
Hugs n cartwheels, my friend...

PS~ Just for the record, I'm a preacher's wife and I think it's flippin' GORGEOUS!
So, there!

GetSoiled said...

May I please have two of each????

Darn it woman, I just finished painting a bird that looks like it's been drawn with the non-dominant hand and I was pretty pleased with myself...until, that is, I came to see what you were up to...I trade you my ugly bird for one of your meta-schmeta-poplars! :0)

And *that* is why I call myself a gardener and not an artist... ☺

GetSoiled said...

I was so taken by the poplars that I posted the prior comment before I finished reading your entire post...whoa, was that piece *DESTINED* to your friend's home or what???? Un-real! Happy someone truly gets to appreciate it in the full meaning of the word each day!

GetSoiled said...

Patrice, I just sent you an email (copy pasted it from your Profile) and it came back to me...would you shoot me your email address when you can? Mine is TheGardeningFool@hotmail.com

Thanks so much!

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A. S. Patric said...

Fascinating work. I wish you weren't so far away. It all seems so rich and tactile, I'd love to walk into a room filled with your art.

Jessie Carty said...

I have always wanted to understand art. All I can say, unintelligently is what I like and I very much like those poplars :)

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