I am primarily a photo realistic painter, but for years I have not been able to bring myself to paint. My absence from painting is mostly impart to my lack of inspiration and frustration with the limitations of my medium. These limitations are ones that I put upon myself as I approach painting in a very traditional way, which is a habit I am trying to break. However, letting go of my traditional technique is proving to be very difficult.
Though I am struggling with my first love, painting, I have found a new love, mosaics. This summer my mother introduced me to this art form when I attended several classes with her at Ciel Gallery. To me, mosaics offer an endless array of form and texture that paint is missing at the moment.
Currently, I am working on a five pieces series on slate tiles that are inspired by patterns in nature. Below are two works that I have finished.
The moment I saw Melissa Marks’s drawings I was hooked. Marks strong use of color perfectly compliments the energy in her mark making. Her work, especially her vibrant colors, truly inspires me.
Valentine’s Day is my second favorite holiday to Halloween. With or without a significant other, I enjoy this time of year. To me, this holiday is about celebrating the people I love and enjoying all the chocolate I want guilt free. Happy Valentine’s Day!
This put a smile on my face.
Drew Barrymore on Anderson