Friday, April 25, 2008

Examining the Evidence

The winner of last week's glowing horse print is Ryan Manning! Congratulations! Please contact me so I can mail the print to you. Thanks again to everyone for the wonderful comments!

I have only two more paintings to create, and then I believe Evidence of the Disappearance will be complete. Before I begin those two pieces, I wanted to slow down a bit and just be with my work. I am rarely with it for long, just the time it takes to paint, title, and prepare the work for shipment or travel to one of the galleries. I always look forward to seeing my paintings again in the galleries during a visit; it is almost like seeing an old friend. I notice things I have never seen before and enjoy seeing my work out of the studio environment and on the gallery walls where my paintings can be properly displayed and lit.

Yesterday, after putting finishing touches on a few pieces, I just sat down on the floor of my studio. I took a few deep breaths. I was surrounded by twenty eight new paintings of assorted sizes and orientations. Some were titled, while many were still waiting for their names. I just let my eyes work over the surfaces, examining their colors, textures and shapes. I was trolling for their secrets, trying to find their meaning and the common connections they share. Their stories are waiting to be released. I could almost hear a faint buzz, or a backlog of stories. They are all there, but my eyes will have to tease them out and then I will have to find the words. (We are just getting to know each other.) The stories of these paintings will be mine for a while to share and then they will become yours, the viewers. You will then see, question and hear things in these paintings that I cannot but we will still share them and make a connection.

Gold seems to feature prominently in this body of work as does the diamond/ovoid shape. The shape that was once a lotus petal has now broken away to float, hover, overlap, and pulse on the diagonal in these works. A warm palette of rusts, orange oxides, the usual suspects, and my favorite deep blue tie many of the pieces together. A cool aqua brings a punch and signals the spring and the winter (hoping for the spring) in which these paintings were created. Fine lines connect some of the elements, holding and grounding them to the paintings. I see a rough, almost acidic texture in some of the diamond shapes and
backgrounds. Elements bubble up and through, while surface layers hide and conceal yet still allow for a peek.

Some of these paintings are like swimming deep in the ocean and looking at the layers of light from up above, filtering down. Calm and meditative yet bold and assertive, the shapes call for attention and also push away and create distance. These paintings remind me of the wind in the tall trees outside my studio windows, the sound of my ocean.

Pictured above:
Caught between the Disconnect
Mixed Media on Canvas
30x24, 2008

Reconstruction
Mixed Media on Canvas
30x24, 2008

These are just two of the new paintings that will be featured in my upcoming exhibition:
Evidence of the Disappearance
Blue Moon Gallery
Hot Springs, Arkansas
June and July 2008
If you are in the area, please join me for the opening reception Friday June 6 from 5-9pm,during first Friday gallery walk.

9 comments:

  1. Great to have a sneak peak at your new work - as usual you have a fan in me because I love the new works, particularly Caught Between the Disconnect. The colours and mystery really draw me in.
    Congratulations - the end is in site. What an accomplishment :)
    Wishing you a good week as it comes to a close,
    Debs

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  2. Lovely!

    28 paintings?!
    Wow. You are amazing.

    I love that blue in Caught Between the Disconnect. It's so rich and beautiful.

    I totally relate to that feeling of revisiting an old friend after not seeing your work for a long time. I think that also holds true for seeing it for the first time in a gallery. It just looks different. Like an old friend that got a new haircut, or something. It's there too, when it is distanced from all the clutter and mess in my studio, that I discover new things.

    Congrats on all your work Megan. Here's to a sold out show :)

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  3. Megan great work and cogradualtions to the winner.

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  4. Megan, those two new paintings are beautiful. Can't wait to see more. Congrats on your progress.

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  5. www.artistinterviewingartist.comApril 25, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    taking it in...

    Caught between the Disconnect is one of my faves the
    honesty of the colors and the softness of the paint
    and the dream and place its all so nice

    congrats friend enjoy

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  6. this is truly amazing work Megan
    I am mesmerised by the beauty and luminosity of the gold that shimmers and yes, pulses, it gently vibrates in a calming way.
    (the second painting in this post, 'reconstruction')
    it is one of my favourites, i have been looking at it for a long time, can't wait to see the rest of the paintings.
    'Evidence of the Disappearance' will be your finest hour to date, it is going to be magical, just wish i could be there..

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  7. beautiful and elegant!

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  8. "Some of these paintings are like swimming deep in the ocean and looking at the layers of light from up above, filtering down. Calm and meditative yet bold and assertive, the shapes call for attention and also push away and create distance. These paintings remind me of the wind in the tall trees outside my studio windows, the sound of my ocean."

    I love this description, it is very fitting, and really gives me a sense of yourself as well. These paintings are exquisite.

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  9. I just stumbled upon your blog...your work is really beautiful!

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