There was a time when one of my co-workers was particularly difficult and I was so frustrated with our business relationship I decided to take my frustrations out on the canvas. For that painting, which I titled Undeterred, I began by painting a solid black strip down the center panel. That black strip was representative of my co-worker. I then painted very free-flowing organic forms running into and around the black strip. These were representative of me trying to get through or around my co-worker.
I wasn’t happy with the painting though and one day I had an opportunity to sit down with my co-worker. As we talked, I realized we were actually very much alike. We just had completely different approaches. So I changed that strip to the same colors as my own. After that, I was much happier with the painting. I realized while working on that painting how much each of us change, even if it’s just the tiniest bit, every time we get to know another human. We take a little of them with us and we change. And it’s usually for the better.
With my Conversion paintings, I laid in the beautiful earth tones on the left - umbers, siennas, blacks, whites and grays. The vertical strip toward the right of the canvas has all the same colors except the black was replaced with Prussian blue. This is one of my absolute favorite colors to use. As the organic forms move through the strip, their blacks are replaced with Prussian blue as well. Changing the absence of color to the presence of the beautiful blue.
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 36 inches
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