Paul North Waters linked elements in this painting to Delacroix’s, Liberty Leading the People:
“Reminds me of the French Revolution! There’s even the French flag (albeit colors reversed) in your painting!”
I consider my painting, “An Act of Independence!”
I Love Delacroix… I think we share strong emotions and freedom of expression. I have been tortured in my approach to this canvas, and surprised to see much gray tonality show up, but it’s balancing the brighter hues.
The composition has gone through so many changes since a dream I had months ago initiated this work. Breathing in angst.
Vic Vollrath wrote:
“Beautiful piece Nicole! Three words – life, order, chaos. One can see these three words in any order referenced by your painting. One can see order in what might at first appear to be chaos and within that order is life emerging. Or, as order disintegrates into chaos, life is extinguished. The viewpoint is dependent upon the optimism or pessimism of the individual.”
My thanks to both Friends for their interest and response to my work… it’s very much appreciated.
“Digital_paintingThe specific visual characteristics of a digital painting can be traced back to the software. They include transparency, symmetry, distortion, repetition, texture, embossing (creating 3D illusions), mathematically perfect circles, ellipses, squares and other forms, and a flat surface due to the (up to now) technical impossibility to make the brush stroke visible. The option to undo without a trace up to twenty or more brush strokes or other actions, permits a more spontaneous, intuitive way of working than is possible in traditional painting.”
“The choice of program (or specific feature within a program) determines the output to have the characteristics of a watercolor, lino cut, screen print, oil painting etc. Thus, digital painting is not so much a new medium as a new appearance of the whole range of existing mediums, supplemented with some new features.”
“Even before lifting a brush the shape of this canvas excited me emotionally.”
V. Vollrath “Beautiful – like a vortex the eye is pulled into the black almost at the centre.”
Critique Written by: P.N.Waters
“It really is very fine… composition (reminiscent of early Mondrian) — of course. Besides that is the really great and I would say INTUITIVE use of color. The play and spark that is so often (almost always) missing from acrylic is here.
I use the word “intuitive” with care. So much painting these days is just PRETENDING to be “deconstructed” or even “abstract”. Most often it is hieroglyphic — symbols that are recognizable to a particular cogniscienti. In fact, that is the antithesis of “Abstraction”, and to be frank it is no more artistic than, say, printing currency.
THAT is why the signature is the most important aspect of most modern painting these days.
Whether it’s Jeff Koons balloon dogs, William Wegman’s real dogs, Damien Hirst’s multicolored spots, Jim Dine’s multicolored hearts, or Robert Motherwell monochromatic splotches — what we are really looking at is different varieties of money.
Your painting, whether a given person “likes” it or not has character and heart; things that only living things have. In fact, I would go so far to say that almost anyone would say they like this — same way they would “like”, say, Beethoven’s Ninth. Inspiring. No special knowledge or initiation required!
That means it’s Art, with a capital “A”. Money can never claim that, whatever the denomination. No matter what the signature on it that makes it a valuable commodity. A skull by Damien Hirst is just as cold and dead as can be, even if it is made out of diamonds.”
In this image I want to mock, or echo, a different order. As the pieces come apart, they are dismissed, and I digress rapidly into an order that has not been established until now. In the same way I work when I’m making a film, I edit, and delete sequences. Many paintings are “lost” during this technique as the more immediate ones emerge to replace them.
Abstract painting is a way of giving meaning to my inward searches. I’m strongly attached to what I see in nature. Color, form, line, and texture, are elements I paint to pull apart so as to see them differently.
My approach to interior living is to treat each area as studio space. Over a period of thirty years I have seen, heard, read, invented, collected, curated and saved hundreds of Design Ideas.
I regularly toss around these flights of fancy. They add zing and expressive meaning to my LifeSTyle and environment. Time spent patterning new designs refreshes my surroundings and charges my inner life.
I’m creating “Chow-Chow Woozy” to post a sampling, from my museum of ideas, and offer my Readers ‘a new way of seeing’.
Setting everyday objects under glass (a bell jar) can render them with a curious importance. ie. A stack of Men’s Shirt Collars, or A Pile of Tiny Colorful Books.
Empty Wooden Spools, from thread, become revitalized by winding lovely Ribbons around them and newly displaying them.
A Teak Coffee Table can be painted white; advancing it from Mid-Century Modern to Minimalism.
A Polished Concrete Floor, with Glass Tile Inserts, emulates a “Mondrian” Painting.
Glossy Design Magazines can be stacked and tied with thick black Straps, or Heavy Rope, to make Occasional Tables. NY Times Newspapers will work well too.
When a Kitchen does not have a window above the sink, glass shelves can stretch across the wall above it, to give an atmosphere of light and reflection.
White floors & Black Doors.
A Heavy Old Dresser, purchased from a Thrift Store, can be raised up on legs to make it suitable as a Kitchen Island. Often I love to see a big Wooden Work Table, instead of an Island, placed in the centre of a busy Kitchen. A table becomes an offering of space ready for: baking, doing homework, potting plants, arranging flowers, preparing a meal, making a watercolor, wrapping gifts… all possible.
Newspaper giftwrap wound up with red & gold plaid ribbon.
Gold Foil crumpled around plant pots.
Silver Star Confetti.
Scatter Rose Petals between two layers of Tulle and tie with a Floral patterned Ribbon. Use this as an alternative to disposable paper giftwrap.
Two to three foot Topiary Trees, decorated with twinkling lights and delicate thin ribbon, look festive in all settings.
Old Sheets of Music (from a library) add a vintage touch when framed in Gilt.
Broken pieces of China can be displayed under glass in Frames.
Fragment from my Journal:
A transparent and light-filled glass room as a background… to the heaviest, most Baroque door frames, anchoring a delicate pink marble floor… sigh…
I love the feeling of being open to experimenting with LifeSTyle, by mixing simple (DIY) Do-It-Yourself projects, with more amplified Interior Designs.
A man’s blazer is a mark of the ‘establishment’ and differs from a sports jacket chiefly in the material. A blazer is made of a solid dark color, usually navy, sometimes black, and on occasion bottle green, or red.
Sports jackets have plastic or leather buttons whereas blazers are usually embellished with nautical-style brass or gold-tone buttons. The buttons should not be shiny or garish. If they are, detach them, and look into having them dipped in bleach to remove the lacquer finish and speed up tarnishing. A navy or black soft wool and cashmere blazer can be modernized by replacing the brass buttons with black horn.
Blogging 101 has me living across new worlds… even eating sweet, baked ‘black’ bananas… well… I am 1/2 Fruitarian.
Elle Kae published a list of iPhone apps to enhance blogging posts. ‘ABM; A Beautiful Mess’ sounded invaluable and I spent $1.19 to buy it.
In well-connected Collage Circles I am known as; “The Particle Princess”. This is my beautifull mess: in photo essay form, because last week’s assignment (post in a style you don’t usually do) hasn’t been done.
These first two were made using Collage layouts and my Photographs.
This one is created using my ‘In-Camera Collage’ and ‘ABM’ Borders; chevrons, shocking pink dots, and ribbon-like script.
Three iPhone Photos captured on Denman Street, in Vancouver’s West End, were set into the Collage Layout. I then added an ‘ABM’ doodle and chose ‘Lorinda’ text to type the word: What!
Made completely with ‘ABM’ Collage Features. Later I loaded this image into Instagram, vignetted it a bit, and added a Caption: “PLaYgrOunD”
I paint directly onto the canvas: I don’t sketch first. I like to build structure with color.
I relinquish notions of absolute truth while intentionally working to disrupt the established. It is through this process, that an adjustment takes place, culminating in an agreement composing differences.
My painting then becomes the act, or process, of settling an inner argument, or disagreement, with my notion of reality as it has been routinely accepted by me. A flux occurs, creating a progressive version of ‘reality’, and a region is newly settled within the confines of the canvas.
A new form of communication and environment crystallizes within an original form of perception and pleasure.