Everyday things

Today I worked on a painting of a pincushion and thread.  I decided to paint the it a week ago, maybe longer.  I wanted to changed the wood bock that I use to set up my compositions.  I do this so that the subject isn’t floating in space.

Anyway, I spent time IMG_3306a long searching for the right wood block to no avail.  Eventually, I decided on staining a wine box purchased from Micheal’s craft store.  When I tire of this wood ‘block’ I can at least repurpose it.  I know just the person who would love a bottle of wine for the holidays.  It is almost the same color as my pochade box.


The painting is nowhere near finished, but I like the way it is progressing.  My plan is to continue painting red things in a series until I have 15-20 12 x 12 paintings.  I am tentatively calling the paintings ‘Crimson’ series.

Thank you for reading about my painting process.  I would love to hear from you.

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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