Mercurial was one of several studies I did for a commissioned piece. The collector lived in the country but wanted an abstract piece that was suggestive of the city. Those pieces titled Resilience I and Resilience II are featured on my Sold and Archived page.
I like to think of myself more of a country girl, but in reality I guess you'd have to say I'm not either. I am a "town" girl. Not a city girl or a country girl.
At the time I did this series of paintings, I was experiencing some ambivalence about not working in watercolor anymore. I was missing the way watercolor plays on the paper and the smell of the paint, among other things. I was a bit torn about whether I wanted to return to working in watercolors.
Artists develop relationships with their mediums and their tools. It was like I was missing some old friends. So while working on pieces that suggested tall structures, I actually was interpreting the pull I was feeling between my old, comfortable, safe friends, the watercolors and my new, vibrant, exciting and challenging friends, the acrylics.
Shortly after completing this city commission, I did another representational, watercolor commission. I haven't worked with watercolor since. I continue to experience this Mercurial pull between mediums and styles. However I am so challenged by the abstracts and the acrylics that I simply have to continue. It's nice to know though, that I can always return to my old friends, the watercolors for a little break.
Acrylic triptych on canvas
Each panel - 10 x 20 inches
10 x 60 total inches
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Mercurial I - Panel 1 of triptych - 10x20 acrylic on canvas