Painting as an Act of Independence

'Untitled' 14"x18" Acrylic on Canvas
‘Untitled’ 14″x18″ Acrylic on Canvas

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.

Dream recorded while 'sleeping'
Dream recorded while ‘sleeping’

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.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

Willy Nilly Pee

On my way to a Memory

'Rorschach' style ink splot
‘Rorschach’ style inkblot

What’s Going On…

  • A smoking dog
  • An acrobatic balancing act
  • Silhouetted profiles of conjoined twin girls with almond-shaped eyes
  • Black sheep
  • Coal dust
  • Oil spill
  • A rodent exodus
  • A large bird in flight with his landing gear down
  • A blackened baguette
  • Black tears sprouting
  • Pelvic structures
  • White bright star
  • Big frog leap frog
  • Black fractals
  • Animal tails
  • Fragments

See where it takes you… … and trust you won’t be tested.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

Arkwork

"Untitled" Digital Painting
“Untitled” Digital Painting
"Untitled" Digital 'Drafting'
“Untitled” Digital ‘Hi-Tech’ Drafting
"Untitled" Digital Drawing
“Untitled” Digital Drawing
"Untitled" Digital Painting
“Untitled” Digital Painting

Artwork by Carsen A. Teasdale ©2015

Quote – Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

“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.”

                   

©2015 Nicole Rigets

“Play and Spark” of Modern Painting

“Even before lifting a brush the shape of this canvas excited me emotionally.”

"Untitled"  12"x36" Acrylic on Canvas
“Untitled” 12″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas

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.”

©2015 Nicole Rigets

To Paint things Apart

"Untitled"  24"x36" Acrylic on Canvas
“Untitled” 24″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas

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.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space of Settlement

I paint directly onto the canvas:  I don’t sketch first. I like to build structure with color.

"Untitled"
“Untitled”  Acrylic on Canvas  22″x28″

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.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

 

I Rely on My Scream

I’m a Risk Taker:  a Cable Walker… these traits forced me to change the Theme of my Blog on New Year’s Day. WordPress offered to spike my creativity and my intuition led me to sign up for Blogging 101.

Yesterday I began following 5 New Topics and 5 New Blogs to expand my Social Community. What began as a Homework assignment soon evolved into a pleasing search for other’s perspectives on interests and values, habits and experiences I’m curious about.

'Camera Collage'
‘Camera Collage’

The outcome was fresh insight into defining my personal standards… and since this is a new start, it’s a perfect fit. I’ve now expanded my interests to include: Books, Musings & Personal, Crafts, Food, and Travel.

… and the scream ended when I received help from new friends on The Commons after I took a lunge into the air by deleting my Pages and… well it all worked out.  Now for my next rise and fall.

©2015 Nicole Rigets

 

The Short Life of the Eternal

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I am in a relationship with PAINT… and how it makes me feel!  I’m very sensitive to color and emotionally driven to my choices.

This painting is 24″x36″, “Untitled”, Acrylic on canvas.  I think of it as, a classical floral arrangement, in a de-constucted modernist pose.  I build structure by inventing and originating forms as containers for color.

I love suggestion and unmeasured standards, as opposed to precision, in harnessing gravity and significance to the act of painting.  I choose to disrupt the established and bring imperfect beauty to the essence of the unseen.

To challenge the flat-line of monotony, and the blank stare of the ordinary, means being open to, and willing to, paint over areas I am convinced look ‘right’.  I must relinquish the ownership of my actions to make way for new strokes that change the painting from one aspect to another, and another… this ongoing internal dialogue keeps the changes flying until I reach a summit:  I’m looking for harmonious discord.

©2015 Nicole Rigets