Nutcracker

This time of year can be stressful and fun.  We decorated the house for the holidays.  One of our favorite decorations is our collection of nutcrackers.  We love the ballet and there was even a new Disney movie released this season called, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.  We talked throughout the film comparing the music, the dancing, and the costumes to the different ballets.  So in the spirit of the Nutcracker while sticking to my crimson theme I painted this derpy character.  I hope you like him as much as we do.

Nutcracker 12 x 12 oil on wood

The visual challenge I had to sort out for this piece was how to render his black hat and boots against the black background. I think I did ok with that.  I had a composition of an espresso pot in mind but the visual challenge of black on black stopped me.  After painting this derpy little guy I feel more confident to tackle the black on black in the future.

Thank you so much for checking out my site and my little paintings. 

My best,
Emily Warren

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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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