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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Using real leaves from real trees, I traced and decorated the insides. I then traced a few different colors around each leaf, switching colors once I ran into the next leaves' color pattern-like a typographic map, yo-until the whole page was filled, kind of like when we traced our names in grade school! They look pretty sweet with a black frame and white matting. Easy fall decor, and fun for kids!
The tension between traditional and realistic painting technique and abstraction are of particular intrigue to me. I use expressive brush strokes, smudges, and lines that reflect human emotion while still maintaining form, (whether it be a figure, landscape, or still life) creating a balance of disorder and precision. Nostalgia from my childhood home and environment are often subject matter for my work. Growing up as a farm girl in southern Utah surrounded by some of the most famous national parks in the world has provided a feast of the senses; thus providing endless opportunities for creative expression; however, I believe beauty can be found anywhere, such as a busy intersection in the city, an industrial building, or a glass jar on the kitchen counter.