Finished work.

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Finished work.

Here the painting is, finished. I’ve decided to officially title it, “Please Remove your Belt”. I’m so glad it worked out the way I wanted it to- even better than I hoped and it was done in time too to enter it in the show. I’ve got my fingers crossed, but feel really good about it. This was a very challenging work as far as new technique and maintaining the single line while trying to also keeping the objects identifiable and yet detailed, but it’s equally rewarding. I’m happy it’s finished and can take these new things learned into new works.

Security checkpoint original photo

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Security checkpoint original photo

The original photo, here, is very dull and boring ( as far as colors) but it was the only image that gave me any inspiration so I went with it. I’m glad I did, now. I took it with my cell phone after going through the security checkpoint in the courthouse.

Ignoring the Lump in my Gut and Painting over it with the Line.

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Ignoring the lump in my gut and painting over with the line.

I started covering the whole work with the line. I was really nervous about doing that, it was the first time I used that technique with a painting and wasn’t even sure it would work. Plus, I really liked the traditional painting I’d already done and was painting over. I had to keep fighting myself to do it and ignore that lump in my gut. I had to do what I had set out to do and kept telling myself that I painted the first one, the underpainting, and that I could do it again- over the top of the lines. I just had to do it (paint over it with the lines) and keep going. It did get easier, but only after it was more than halfway and too much to go back.

Sometimes for me, my art is experimental and feels a little like jumping off a cliff with an unused parachute. It’s scary, but exhilarating and usually works out. In order to grow and learn, I’ve got to do something new, holding only onto the faith that I’m pretty sure I can do it and still knowing that I might fail too. I’m so glad I did this- I’ve been wondering if this could work for a long time and am planning on doing the same technique on a very large painting. It’s much better to experiment on smaller works.

Finer details added in today.

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Finer details added in today.

Today, I cleaned up and sharpened the edges of the objects and added in the highlights, shadows and darks. I’m starting to really like the looks of it and am ready for the next stage of painting over the whole work with the continuous line. It’s getting there. I hope it’ll get there in time though- my deadline is approaching very quickly.  I have just about a week to get everything done.

Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Thorn necklace, 1940

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo

Frida was a lady who really lived. She was not dull in anything she did. I love that she was so fearless in her paintings and in life. (This is how she inspires me.) The images and themes in many of her paintings were intense and not what most other artists of her day were doing.  She really followed her own desires and stayed true to them.   She was not trying to impress any people or any movement, she did not follow what others did to try to fit in. She went her own way.  Some thought that she was a surrealist, a popular movement at the time. Really, she didn’t identify with this either. She couldn’t be put into a category as far as her style went. Perhaps, she was her own movement.

I’m sure her extremes both helped and hindered her fame.  But certainly, it is why she is so well known and remembered.  It’s funny how during her life, her husband Diego Rivera was the famous artist and she was in his shadow and seeking to be more known.  They have both long passed now and it’s she who is more commonly talked about.  Diego, not as much, apart from her.  I wonder what she would say about that.

A few awesome quotes from Frida-

” I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”

“I never knew I was a surrealist till Andre Breton came to Mexico and told me I was.”

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”

“Feet, why do I need them if I have wings to fly?”

“…pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence”

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”

“I hope the leaving is joyful, and I hope never to return.”
― Frida’s last diary entry.

My Favorite and Influential Paintings of Frida’s

A Little Bit (ok, maybe a lot) about Me and my Art (Artist Bio.)

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My art is a reflection of how I feel of things and of the world around me. A projection of what I see and what I would like to see. It’s my appreciation of things that are beautiful to me and strike a chord within my spirit.

Living motivates me to create art. When I am really moved by something, I feel inspired to paint the images before me or that are in my thoughts. I wish to leave a viewer with something more than they had. Something felt or inspired. A mood uplifted or a message conveyed. I wish to plant some kind of a seed of growth toward something positive.

Much of my artwork is created using my Single Line Style. Each of these paintings have a continuous line going throughout it to make up or fill in an object. Sometimes, it’s one line for the entire piece, others- for each part in the painting. A lot of people will try to find the two ends of the line for fun.

I was raised in Mesa, AZ and live there currently with my fiancé, Bruce Cormier, and our four children. We are both artists and focus much of our energy on our art and business. I am greatly benefitted by my partner and soul mate being in the same profession. We are always driving the other to be better at what they do. It’s very symbiotic.

I’m a studious person and am always wanting to learn something new. I have a difficult time saying anything in few words which is fine because I have much to express. I love poetry and classic literature and am a bit of a book junkie. When I bake something from scratch, usually a person wants seconds and I’m a decent singer as well. I am passionate about the outdoors world and all things that are natural.

A very influential person to me is Vincent Van Gogh. I’ve studied his life and work and found him to be a prolific writer as well as a master painter. I am in agreement with many of the things he wrote and feel a kinship with him.

Xandriss