I’ve been working on some new organic paintings this month. Inspiration was brought by all the leaves starting to turn. Some have fallen, like my black walnut tree which always loses its leaves early. Others are still green with just a tinge of fall color.
Of all of my abstract paintings, I think these feel mostly like me. My most authentic self. Kinda messy, stuff darting here and there and vibrant yet classic colors. Actually, they kinda reminded me of 80’s and 90’s fashion for some reason. However, that wasn’t intentional. Those were happy times for me. I’d say that it makes sense those sorts of feelings end up revealing themself in my art eventually.
The warmer toned ones with rich colors like burnt orange, Indian yellow and charcoal were just created today. I’ve been living with the others for almost two weeks. I love them. The organic paintings reminds of the forest floor. In fact, that was my inspiration. See Zoey sleeping under my table? She’s snoring away.
Each school day, I take my son to school. When I come home, I drive down my gravel road very slowly. The road is beautiful as I turn onto it. A small rolling field which often has deer running across gives way to trees slightly arching over the path. There are lots of different types of trees. Sycamores, Black Walnut, maple and sassafras to just name a few.
Before I get to my house, I pass a creek on our property. Fallen trees and limbs here and there make up a small dense patch of woods. I’m always looking into it as I drive by. It never ceases to bring me joy. Undoubtedly, it shows up in my art.
These recent organic paintings are similar to some I’ve made in the past. The same sort of foresty look and organic feel like in my Windswept series. However, these organic paintings are made very differently.
I’ve picked up a new to me technique and I’ve been having a blast practicing with it. It’s mono printing on a gelatin plate that I actually made myself. To begin with, it’s loads of fun. I’m mushing paint all over the place and trying this and experimenting with that. At the same time, the results are fantastic.
I’m looking at all kinds of everyday items with a new use in mind. One to drag across my paint or stamp into it. Things like bubble wrap, kitchen scrapers, chopsticks, onion bags and more. Anything to add texture. I’m using my brayer to spread the paint and make new designs, too.
My studio work table has been transformed to accommodate all of the paraphernalia. Essentially, I’m making papers to use for collage. However, I’m not really using them for collage… yet. My papers are turning out so well that I’m considering them finished paintings as is. So, I’ve mounted them on some chunky canvases I ordered and they look beautiful.
Speaking of papers, I’m using all kinds of papers. Deli paper, tea bags and even plain copy paper. I have some fancy rice paper I’ll be trying next.
Below are a few of the smaller ones made with tea bags. These are 4″x4″ on chunky canvas. I’ll have these listed in the shop soon (hopefully!). Stay tuned! UPDATE: Here they are!
Oh and just to let you know, my paintings have been removed from Solaris Aveda Salon but I still have some up at Franklin Street Pizza Factory and also Jennings Street Public House. Enjoy your weekend. – Jaime
Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page under the additional links menu. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery and telling mystical stories.
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