Triangles is my most recent abstract painting. After painting squares and then circles, I thought to myself, “Why not triangles?” Once I painted the large triangle on the center of the page it brought to mind the great pyramids in Egypt so I painted two more. I was painting over the July 4th weekend and started thinking about what I had learned while painting the Lion’s Gate in relation to the Giza Pyramids a few years back.
The ancient Egyptians viewed the star Sirius as the bringer of new life because Sirius was newly visible in the sky at the time of the yearly flooding of the Nile River. They depended on the flooding to fertilize their lands. From July to August, Sirius lines up directly with the pyramids in Giza. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky, it follows Orion, the hunter in the constellations and is sometimes called the dog star.
Secret societies, such as the Masons, have used Sirius as the symbol of their directive; to guide, protect and lead those who seek light. Many of the United States founding fathers were Masons, perhaps that’s one reason that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th. As the brightest star in the sky, it represents the highest aspiration to truth and service to others, in short, the best we can be.
In the painting I painted rays from the star streaming down. Certainly right now in the USA, we need all the help we can get. The COVID numbers keep going up here in Georgia. Stay safe everyone and enjoy the dog days of Summer!
Here is a new abstract painting titled Neptune. In keeping with the idea of outer space that I started with my last painting, I decided this time to paint a planet using cooler colors. I chose Neptune because of it’s blue green color. Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun and is one of the gas giants which has no solid surface, instead the gas transitions into slushy ice and water. Neptune is named for the god of sea because of it’s blue color.
Unlike the Venus painting, this time I wanted Neptune to stand out but still have a lot of action going on around it which I think I succeeded in doing. The serpentine lines are fun as that brought to my mind dragons passing by.
Outer Space is a new abstract painting of mine. In the first few abstracts I was pondering the concept in quantum physics of the particle and wave. I was picturing inner space, the invisible particles/ waves that everything is made of.
In this painting I started out with a large yellow round shape, imagining Venus but soon she was hidden with all the overlaid paint. I’m enjoying this new process of painting where I don’t have create an objective image, it’s freeing. It’s fun to play with forms and shapes and colors. This painting turned out quite sunny and vivid which makes it a good one to post on this first day of Summer here in the Western hemisphere. It’s going to be a long hot one, stay safe out there!
About Time is a new abstract painting. I’ve been thinking of how we move through time and decided to paint a cross splitting the page with each square symbolizing one of the four seasons of a year. I also put in the white spiral as we go round and round through the seasons as we move through time.
Last week here in the USA it felt to me that something monumental happened in time, like a big gear clicking into place. I get the sense now that the majority of us are not going back into the same old patterns. It feels like it’s now time to heal ancient wounds and move forward, away from the mistakes of the past, into a fresh diverse future.
Particle or Wave is my latest attempt at abstract painting. I started out with the theme of duality and began by painting two large squares side by side filling the page, from there I continued overlaying more elements. Last Friday I went to get the painting scanned but while there realized then it wasn’t quite complete. I left and ended up working on this for two weeks.
As the painting got more complex and began looking less dualistic, I started thinking about the concept in quantum mechanics where matter is either a wave or particle depending on how the viewer sees it. It’s called the wave-particle duality and is the central concept of quantum mechanics. I then started adding more circles and spiraling waves. I added the sun in the center and the white stripe to help the composition and overlaid more waves and particles and called it complete!
Well it’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States, the traditional start of summer. I’m thinking back to all the fun times we had at the neighborhood pool. This year is quite different. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!
I’ve just completed my second abstract painting titled Dragons. With this painting I chose not stick with the square shapes and to use a different color palette than my usual.
I decided to have an idea in my mind to help me with the structure of the painting. I had read something about dragon and reptiles in a blog post that struck me and decided to paint with them in mind, hence the name. It’s more intense and darker than my usual work, but my favorite colors peek through. I’m enjoying doing these abstracts and will start a new one soon.
Squares is a painting that I finished up this weekend. It’s my first experiment with abstract painting which is something I had been thinking of doing for a while now. To have a focus I decided to paint squares in continuing the idea of 2020 being a 4 year because squares having 4 sides. I started painting squares of various colors and sizes and began overlaying with more squares and scratching back to show the colors underneath. It was challenging since I wasn’t quite sure of how to proceed and began to look muddy but I moved through the frustration and was able to pull colors out. I found myself wanting to expand squares to rectangles but stuck with the equal sided square. After a while it started coming together and I like the result.
The overlay of the colors making new colors along with the the scratch back through the colors reminded me of batik wall hangings I made for friends and family years ago. One thing I loved about batik was you never know how the colors would blend and end up. In this painting I ended up with these vivid colors which I love. I think I will start a new abstract now with colors I don’t generally use as another experiment and skip all the squares.
They are slowly starting to open things up here in Georgia, I have mixed feelings about that and am hoping that the vulnerable don’t pay the price. Take care everyone!
I completed Flowing Fish yesterday, it’s another painting in the larger format. I’m enjoying painting in this larger size as it’s helping me get looser by enabling me to use broader strokes. I have painted several fish in pairs perhaps because I was born in a pair, with my identical twin sister. Two fish swimming in opposite directions is also the symbol for Pisces which happens to be our sun sign. With all the rain and flooding we’ve had here in Atlanta, I’ve been feeling quite flowing lately.
In the painting I tried to capture the flowing feeling you have when snorkeling in coral reefs which is such a magical experience. Late winter tends to drag on and I’d like to be down in the tropics swimming about now. Perhaps that’s another reason I chose to do this painting. March begins next week, spring will be here soon!
Mom and Baby Giraffe is a new painting of mine for the African animal series in my Heni’s Happy Painting Etsy Shop. Giraffes are so unique and seem like such gentle creatures. I tried to convey their gentleness in the painting.
A few months ago I heard that giraffes have now been added to the endangered animals list because of poaching and loss of habitat; and at that moment I decided to do the painting. A month later at the holiday artist market a neighbor who had traveled to the South Africa Savanna bought my lion and elephant prints to remind her of her trip but told me she really wanted a giraffe image because she had loved seeing them while there and that they were her favorite animal. I told her that the giraffe was going to be my next painting. One day I hope to travel to the African Savannah to view these majestic animals.
It feels good to be back to painting, I hope everyone is off to a good start in this new year.
Two Pears is another painting that I started years ago. I had always loved the composition but thought it was a bit dull. I added the colorful wallpaper in the back and brightened up the pears which I think helped.
When I look at this painting I think of my instructor who said any time you have two of something they are in a relationship on the page. It’s kind of fun to think about what the relationship is between these two pears with one in the bowl and the other not.
I’m trying to give myself a media break since it’s so crazy out there. It takes discipline and will give me more time to starting to work on a new painting.