Mixed Media Abstract Art
Preparing to teach my abstract workshop next week, has me contemplating all the many ideas and techniques I want to share with students. Metal leafing applied either as an accent or as a background, is one of my faves. Sometimes I use adhesive spray randomly and gently lay in sheets of leafing, while other times I paint adhesive in a more deliberate, designed way. In this painting a very large amount of leafing was applied underneath gel medium and thin glazes of transparent and translucent color. This abstract composition changes based on the quality and direction of the light reflecting on the metallic surface. I thrive on change!
My paintings are dramas...the shapes on the canvas are the performers. Most of the time I work intuitively and do not know what will show up on the stage.
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." Albert Einstein
This quote of Einstein's has mostly been true. I believe this is changing. Are you are interested in the ideas of left brain/right brain, rational mind/intuitive mind? If so, read the book, My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor, or watch this Ted Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html
10/24/2014 11:41:54 pm
Joan, this laying of leafing is gorgeous! I just discovered your site and your art representational abstracts are awesome!
1/27/2016 06:22:06 am
Hi Joan, I've just begun to play with gold leaf, and in googling it, came across your beautiful Circadian Rhythms painting - delicious! This prompted me to explore your website, and it's such a rare thing for me to love every single painting by the one artist - but this has occurred tonight; in fact, you have kept me up well past my bedtime... ! No - it's my own attachment to aesthetic beauty/poetry I suppose... Best wishes and thanks for your art - it enriched me!
5/19/2020 03:52:41 am
so excited by your work as I pursue abstract paintings in watercolour but find myself wanting to introduce other media...
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