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

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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