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 Efflorescence, I laid in the beautiful greens on the left (I love greens!). The vertical strip toward the left of the canvas is made up of beautiful, bright jewel tones. This colorful strip is representative of a good friend of mine. As the green organic forms move through the colorful strip, the two come together and create a flower garden-like result.
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36 inches
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Efflorescence - 24x36 acrylic on canvas