Orbs is a new painting. This week I decided to take a break from my abstracts and paint more realistically. I was inspired by four pine trees in my neighbor’s front yard that light up in the late afternoon as the sun sets. Looking at them gave me the idea for this painting and then I decided to add a surreal touch with floating glowing orbs.
I like the graphic quality of the painting and feel that the abstracts have helped me loosen up a bit. I plan to start a new painting tomorrow. Hard to believe it’s Labor Day weekend; my daughter starts online graduate school next week. The children in our county are back to school online only, the COVID numbers are still high here. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend.
I did this a painting in late January of this year. I had been thinking about the collage art I see from friends on social media that move me. The artist cuts out images and puts them together in a composition that is meaningful for them. As a painter I decided to play with that idea of collage by painting various images in a composition. Fish and Pitcher Plants is the result.
When I look at it now, it seems my unconsciousness was picking up on the Coronarvirus situation we find ourselves in. The fish swimming down from two major tree branches that look similar to lungs. Fish can’t breath out of water. It was the first time I painted orbs in the air instead of my usual swirls, the orbs are the small air particles. The pitcher plant is a beautiful, unusual plant that kills it’s insect prey by drowning them; that’s somewhat creepy.
I looked up the meaning of dragonflies and read this from the website, WhatismySpiritAnimal.com which I quote. “Did life change in the blink of an eye? Is it challenging to zig now that life is zagging? Do you need help seeing the big picture or finding truth in the underbelly of a person or situation? Dragonfly as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Dragonfly teaches you flexibility and how to take in the big picture.” Wow, life has changed in the blink of an eye for all of us. Today I am going to start a new painting with the focus on dragonflies. Hope you and your loved ones are staying safe!