I told Dr. D I feel creatively constipated, and I do. I'm struggling with this painting. Her dress isn't finished. It'll eventually be a little girl in a red dress ...continue reading "The Child’s Face. Depression Rising."
Art Title: Cacophony: Head Noise
Art by: Faith Magdalene Austin
Size: 8.5 x 5.5
Media: Mixed, acrylic, marker on 98 lb sketchbook paper
Finish: signed, dated, heat sealed, unmounted, raw
Style: Surreal, Illustration
I'm loving every second of abstract art. This should be a fun year. My art goals for 2017 now show on my sidebar.
Blue is a color I use quite often in my art and more recently turquoise has made it's permanent mark. I've seen it so much that I'm beginning to think about its use, what does it mean to me, what does it symbolize and will it, like other colors, keep its meaning over time?
My page called Art Therapy talks about color choices and art symbols specific to me. Off the top of my head I would place turquoise next to blue and purple symbols. I see it as a color of strength, of depth, honor, birth rights.
This ethic art shows a mix of puzzle pieces and sisters grouped together. They all have strengths, but the smallest is the bravest. ...continue reading "The Smallest was the Bravest"
This entry shows art two art pieces with a purpose. Rise, fall if I must. Stand to meet the challenge. What's the challenge? I've got to get a hold of my stinking thinking. I have to change my outlook one single color at a time if necessary. While writing I felt a sense of urgency and desperation. I could all but see myself at a door grabbing the handle and pulling it, ripping at.
Lets talk more about the art at the root of these emotions.
Creating non objective abstract art started with a self challenge in June of 2014. I really wanted to create some of the beautiful art I was seeing, but it didn't think I had it in me to do that type of art. When I first challenged myself I said I'd do 10 paintings. I wasn't looking forward to it because it was as if I had no idea where to start, let alone know how to finish.
Though I'm still learning, I can say I have left behind the anxiety. I enjoy it creating non-objective abstract art. I find it soothing to create and I actually feel I know when to start. As a matter of fact I start non-objective abstract such as "Landfall" the same way I begin other art, with a single stroke.
I don't think too hard and I sure don't plan ahead. When it comes to art, if I plan ahead then I'm planning for a disaster. I start art with one single stroke and go from there. I paint from the hip.....not literally because that would be uncomfortable. My next challenge with abstracts is to paint them larger. ...continue reading "Landfall Abstract Ocean Scene"
According to the date on the back of this painting, I started this a year ago. One could say I'm a little behind. To tell you the truth, I feel as if I've gotten several major things accomplished. There's still work to be done on the blog, but as for posting art and other matters, I feel as if I'm gaining ground. I updated the entry Passion Flower with close up photos.
Here is a painting that is very hard to name. It's easy for me to describe but to come up with a final title, I don't know. The feeling I get when I look at this is one of conflict. I think one girl is off in her own world, dreamy and childlike. The other girl is facing front, at attention. Unlike the younger girl, she does not interact with her environment. The younger girl soaks up everything around her.
Maybe what I'm showing in the painting is that people are complex. We're more than just one emotion, one experience. We can be front and center and we can be carefree. ...continue reading "Projects Completed – Freedom. Sun Up."
Sour Wine is what they drank,
now the people go their separate way home.
This one hurries to the right, others gather flowers to hold for the long walk.
One woman crosses the boundary between what she knows and what she was told.
A new experience,
A free expression of acceptance.
How is her openness received?
A river of happy waters wash away their differences
and refresh a once harsh, dry land.
I'm one of those people who can't keep up with the news because it makes me angry. It's as if people don't learn from their mistakes. I am very well aware that there are mad men and paranoid mannequins that display no other human emotion outside of hate. Why would I watch the news? I can guess there's been a mass shooting. I'm sure there's activity by a group hell bent on havoc, and another trying to keep up with their own brand of carnage. I don't need the news to tell me just how hateful people are. ...continue reading "Sour Wine"
This painting started as pull art. I created a painting using the drip art technique then looked at it if for a few days. As I was walking by I saw an eye. I quickly drew it in, then the lips and the nose. Days later the painting developed into an ancient woman growing her roots, spreading out the lines of history in her hair.
Once I knew what I wanted to paint I began to think about how people talk about wanting a new start or reinventing themselves. It occurred to me that more than not, the choice to reinvent ourselves is thrust upon us. Time changes, other people change the course of our lives for good or bad. In these ways, we are given the opportunity to change ourselves for the better.
You could say I'm ready for spring and summer to come along.
When I look at this painting it makes me think of water coming down a window during a hard rain. It washes away the darkest parts of the day and leaves you with a bit of hope.
I look at this painting and see the woman in the dead center, hardly noticeable really. She's caught in the darkest parts of the colors. Deep red, black, deep blue, more black and crackle medium to bring out the fragile state of life. She's hardly noticeable, but she's there and she's waiting for the rain to get to her.
If you're an artist and you've not yet tried letting paint drip down a canvas, you've got to try it. You'll be hooked. Of course your own style will affect the final piece as my style comes through. I tend to hide people in my art or twist them into trees or layer them in mountains.
In this original art piece, the sky holds the largest number of flowers which float freely in a cloud of midnight blue, white and turquoise. The marriage of colors brings the story together of a little girl who was once told by her mother, "If you want roses out of life, plant a garden." She did.
Art Title: The Little Rose Girl
Art by: Faith Magdalene Austin
Medium: Acrylic, gesso, crackle medium, heavy paper
Size: 6.5 x 4.5
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