Autumn compositions

Driving home in the afternoon light with the trees in full on autumn splendor I can’t help but dream of painting a changing leaf composition.  That is one of the things I dread about painting, the set up.  I noticed that I can spend so much time on the set up that I don’t have time/light left to paint!

I  want to collect leaves, arrange them against or upon a vintage handkerchief , and start painting.  I know that once I remove the dice and the silver cup from my painting area I will need to ‘abandon’ that painting.

“Art is never finished only abandoned,”  attributed to Leonardo da Vinci.  I am not satisfied with the reflection on the dice but sometimes you just need to set up another composition?  The leaves are too spectacular not to?  If I continue with this series of crimson paintings can I forgive myself for NOT including the crimson maple leaves?  Dice are plastic.  I should be able to recreate the composition, right?

Thanks for reading my musings.

My best,
Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

Remember Reflect Reform In this work, I have been exploring phenomena of memory augmentation. I experimented with reflections and cinematic images by juxtaposing photographs, paint, wood, and mylar. The direction of the work includes painting intimate, reflective, observations of augmented memories.  I began by building a cabinet of curiosities as a way to form a tableau painting and experiment with different media. Inspired by the relief paintings by artist Sally Han, I built a model of a Victorian cabinet using tenets of Darwin's theory of evolution. I painted on a variety of surfaces including wood, photographs, and adding raw lumber to the pieces. In this process, I disassembled the cabinet to give autonomy to each piece. Although I diverted from the original idea of a final installation, there was an impulse to paint larger. Adding mylar was yet another way to accentuate reflection as a part of the critical dialogue with the work. The final result offers an opportunity to remember, reflect, and reform.

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