Change of scenery

Sometimes a change in scenery can lead to a creative burst or a new way of looking at things.  This weekend brought a change of scenery for me.  I got to spend some time doing all the things I love.  I went for a little hike with my love, decorated for the holidays, cuddled up watching movies with my family, and went to a remodeled museum.  

We were cuddled up on the couch watching holiday when I decided to rethink a painting composition.  I grabbed the popcorn and the peppermint sticks.  For about a week I had been looking at a composition with the peppermint sticks and a silver cup. Not loving the composition I didn’t feel pressed to paint.  

I set up a second option I had tossing around in my mind, an espresso cup, saucer, and a stovetop espresso pot.  This composition presented me with a visual puzzle.  The handle on the espresso pot is black. I wanted to paint it against a black background.  Visual problem.  Well, I solved that problem by not painting it! lol  This is what I decided to work on instead.

Espresso yourself #workinprogress 12×12 oil on wood

There is still work to be done but I needed a little break.  Thank you so much for following me painting journey.

My best,

Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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