Creativity Category

Abstract: Cracked Messages

Acrylic on heavily textured background, resin, torn book pages, egg shells; 12×24 “You were my favorite word until the day I forgot how to spell you.”  – Michele G Stratford I am exploring more natural texture to add to my pieces. Egg shells were a cracking good time to work with.

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Abstract: Calm In the Storm

This was my very first abstract. The idea came to me when I was prepping a background for another painting. I have always textured the backgrounds with modeling medium in circular shape. My daughter was playing around with resin on some of her paintings and I thought it might be cool to add some small […]

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Abstract: Crossroads

The blue in this one made this painting pop for me. “We have to get used to the idea that at the most important crossroads in our life there are no signs.” -Ernest Hemingway The Hemingway quote is true for my life – I have encountered many a decision that I was suddenly faced with […]

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Abstract: Whirlpool

Some paintings declare they are finished before I had actually planned for them to be finished. This is one of those. I fell in love with it at this stage in the process.

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Abstract: Strong Foundation

The coffee dyed book pages turned out really cool. They are spotted and have a very pretty range of coffee colored hues. I believe a strong foundation in vocabulary gives us the power to communicate as well as understand most effectively. Lack of communication is the root of misunderstandings and conflicts.

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Abstract: Searching

“Searching” 36×36 mixed media, textured foundation, resin, acrylic paint. “If I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it – keep going come what may.”  – Vincent Van Gogh. The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh This one was s departure from the ususal circular shape. It reminds […]

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Abstract: Tidepool

The Steinbeck quote is pulled from a passage describing the wonder of the world and the connection we sometimes feel as humans to all of it – the wonder of being a part of the whole of life. It is a very existential and Thoreau type view of the world. I, personally, think this pull […]

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Abstract: It’s Complicated

I love how this turned out! The texture is so much fun. I delight in finding ways to make texture the focus of a piece and this painting kept me mesmerized. You cannot see in a photo the juxtaposition of matte paint against the shiny resin in the stream – but it is beautiful.

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Work in progress. . .

I love this stage of a painting. It has good bones. It has made it past the ugly phase. It is waiting on those final tiny choices that will make it into something magnificinet. Something I am truly proud of. I feel that way about me, about my life. I have good bones, I have […]

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A few little birdies . . .

I will be participating in the River Clay Fine Arts Festival in Decatur, Alabama this October and these sweet little 6×6 birdies will be there! I am spending a good bit of time in the evenings and on the weekends creating pieces for this show and I am loving every minute of it!

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