I’ve been experimenting with little canvases and fauvism, a style of art I love. I love the work of Portland, OR, artist Trina Hesson, who, among other things, does faces on small canvases and boards.
I like not being limited to the local color. But I’ve felt many of my attempts at using unrealistic color always made the painting look like a big old mess.
With these little canvases, 5×7″, I’ve started out without any real goals, except to play with color. The size is non-threatening. I like the idea of being free of skin tones. When I was making fabric sculptures, I hardly ever used skin tones. They could be any race, they could be just figures anyone could identify with.
With these little paintings, I’ve used mostly dark colors:
I decided this week to work with lighter colors. It was a terrible week — shootings, ICE arrests, and a deepening feeling of division around me. So much unnecessary sorrow. I’m shocked almost daily by how well the “divide and conquer” political strategy still works. I also had a discussion with a person I know who has a very rigid attitude about who is to blame and why. That all crept into my latest 5×7″:
I use art as a window or a door into the imagination and out of this fragmented world. I don’t often do directly political pieces, but it’s hard not to. I hope this one is political and humorous. Her frustration that people don’t see she’s right. The imperious stare over the glasses — a look many of us of a certain age look out at the world with. It makes me laugh.
So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. What do you think?
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