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Thursday, April 19, 2007
  new painting

Here is one more new painting, Aura, 40"x40"--that is already hanging at Polderland Gallery in Milwaukee ready for my opening tomorrow night. It's one of my favorites. I've had the largest panel painted for a couple of months, undecided about whether to display it alone or in a more complex arrangement. When I placed the contrasting panels and that intense ultramarine one around the edges, the whole thing became more vibrant. I was pleased with the large panel in part because I managed to leave it alone at the point you see it, resisting the urge to go back into it one more time, and it feels fresh and lively to me.

Here is the artist statement I wrote for this show--one I've used before actually, with a few changes. They are hard to write...I try to talk mostly about the process rather than telling people what they should get out of the work. but it is always a challenge!

My work arises from various interwoven sources--nature, memories, emotions and personal symbols all play a part, as do purely abstract aspects such as color, texture and contrast that evolve in the act of painting.

Most of my paintings are made of individually painted panels, juxtaposed in ways that evoke for me an idea, place, or situation. The divisions between panels provide contrast, tension and structure. Arriving at the arrangement of panels is as much a part of my process as actually applying paint.

As for technique, I’m very experimental in my approach, using just about anything I can find to make a mark, and to develop complex colors and textures. My tools include brayers, dishwashing scrubbers, squeegees, palette knives, erasers, sponges, foam pads, sticks and yes, the occasional brush. I build surfaces by applying many layers of paint, and also by scraping, gouging and dissolving parts of the layers so that underlying bits emerge. I use tube paint, oil stick and powdered pigments, with a cold wax medium to enhance transparency and to facilitate the layering process.

Each painting is an open-ended exploration, undertaken with a blend of spontaneity and careful analysis. It is my hope that in the end, my work has a certain clarity or integrity that invites contemplation.
 
Comments:
Love this one especially! The black segment is my fav as I've discovered the beauty in distressed black areas lately. Good luck with your show.
 
Thanks much! Yes I love to work with rich dark colors, hard to photograph but nice in the real thing--
 
Great painting, Rebecca.
Congratulations on the show.
 
hum...my comment didn't go through earlier. I love the new painting, Rebecca..........good luck and congratulations on the show.
 
Sorry, Cheryl, I was away from my computer (in Milwaukee for the opening)and didn't have the chance to moderate right away. thanks very much for the comments and good wishes. The opening was one of the best I can recall. I'll post pictures and comments tomorrow.
 
This painting is absolutely gorgeous.
 
Thanks, Shan, very much--
 
Just beautiful. A great show!
 
Gracias!
 
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