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Roots

Roots 11x14" Acrylic and rice paper on gallery wrap canvas ©2014 Lucinda Howe www.lucindahowe.co $500

Roots
11×14″
Acrylic and rice paper on gallery wrap canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe
www.lucindahowe.com
$500

This piece continues my Tranquility Series of abstract landscapes that begin with a  white line.  The dark brown earth beneath the line grounds the lighter green and sienna foliage while the sienna drizzle suggests vines and roots connecting earth and air. The texture and matte surface of the rice paper in the top section contrast with the sheen of the white and silver metallic paint on the horizon line.

 

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Deep Water

Deep Water 11x14" Acrylic , paper and cheesecloth on cradled panel © 2014 Lucinda Howe www.LucindaHowe.com

Deep Water
11×14″
Acrylic , paper and cheesecloth on cradled panel
© 2014 Lucinda Howe
$500
www.LucindaHowe.com

This painting is a part of a series where each painting begins with a white line.  Working in a series allows me to take a concept in several directions, to experiment with techniques and to see the effect of small changes.  White represents both beginning and end.  In some cultures, it represents joy and purity and in cultures, death and bereavement.  Beginning with white allows the painting to develop in many ways.  Sometimes it evolves into an abstract landscape and sometimes it evokes emotion through color and texture.

An 11×14” cradled masonite panel provides a solid support for this mixed media piece.  A white line 1/4 of the way up from bottom forms a low horizon.  Below the horizon is a smooth dark blue gray.  The lower edge of the line is blurred while the upper edge is a more defined.  Above the horizon line a rough surface is formed by a gauze-like fabric. Poured and dripped paint moves though the fabric.   Colors are dark blue gray of deep water, light blue greens of the winter sky, and  warm yellow ochre of earth and lingering autumn leaves.    The effect brings to mind pale sunlight flickering through a tangle trees and vines above a cold lake on a quiet winter day.

The piece invites you to contemplate the depth of calm that lies below the busy-ness of the everyday world.

 

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Tranquility

Tranquility 11x14"  Acrylic, rice paper, and black watercolor pencil on cradled panel ©2014 Lucinda Howe www.lucindahowe.com

Tranquility
11×14″
Acrylic, rice paper, and black watercolor pencil on cradled panel
©2014 Lucinda Howe
$500
www.lucindahowe.com

Although most of my paintings feature landscapes in bold colors, sometimes I want to go the opposite way and make a restful painting.   This painting makes me dream of warm earth and open sky with lots of room to breathe. It is part of series of paintings that begin with a white horizon line.   The painting develops in an organic way emphasizing color and texture rather than subject matter.   I can see this painting in a meditation room or a cozy reading corner.

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Relax

Relax 14x11" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas ©2014 Lucinda Howe

Relax
14×11″
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe

Do you ever have one of those days when there is too much going on in your mind and you just need to relax?   After a weekend of navigating South Carolina’s tax-free weekend to buy a computer, migrating data, reconfiguring the old one, and tweaking the new one, I didn’t have much problem solving capacity left.  Then I still had to do my usual weekend chores.  If I had another day off from work, I could get all caught up, right?  As if!

So on Sunday afternoon, I wanted to play with paint in the studio.   I looked for something to do that would be relaxing and not too serious.

One of my favorite exercises is to start with a horizontal white line and see what develops above and below it.   In this case, I found a canvas already underpainted with black and blue, and I wanted to see if I could capture the feel of looking out into the ocean from a quiet tropical beach.  I scraped on textured layers of paint with a palette knife and kept the colors to analogous blues and greens.  The result is quite abstract, but it reminds me of white fluffy clouds and turquoise Caribbean waters.

What about you?   Do you use simple abstract compositions to experiment with colors?  Do you have a favorite way to “play with paint” when you don’t have energy to do a serious painting?

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Large and Small

Incendiary
30×40″
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
©2012 Lucinda Howe

 

After painting several small pieces with obvious subject matter as I’ve been doing lately, I often have an urge to stretch my artistic and physical muscles and paint a large canvas.

For this abstract piece, I used a big brush and warm colors to convey motion and heat.

Both this piece and Maritime Forest are available for sale at The Village Artists.

The gallery is having a special First Friday event this month featuring the art of Janice Haynes and Juanita Yancey along with a sale of small works by the South Carolina Watermedia Society.  I hope you will come by the gallery to have a glass of wine and check out all the new art, both large and small.

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