I love the cheerful but fleeting evanescence of poppies, which last individually such a short time, but as a plant are strong, sturdy and reliable in spite of their delicate appearance. The powerful oranges and red tones compliment the soft and delicate bluish green, feathery leaves for a charming effect in the garden and the wild. These spring up joyfully in the dry climate of Colorado. It was my intention to approach this subject with an Asian sumi-e style painting, simple, elegant and expressive.
This is not, of course, a traditional sumi-e, or ink wash painting, as I have used watercolor paints and paper, as opposed to ink and rice paper. Truly, it is more inspired by such works.
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To me, making art is about the stopping of time, as are so many of the things I most love doing. I don't believe in time as we know it. When I become engaged in creating something, I no longer feel subject to time's constricting whims. That is why I am driven to create.
I love the light touch and thrilling chemistry of watercolor painting, the bold strokes possible in pastel work, the patterns I can create with an ink drawing, and learning something new, always. Color thrills me. Texture delights. I hope with each work to retain the clarity of what I see, and bring that into view for others. I may not always achieve that, but the honest desire is present in each of my pieces.
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