"Unified Theory" a New Geometric Abstract Painting with Chromatic Grays, Earthy Hues and Brilliant Prismatic Colors
"Unified Theory", a new 36 x 36 inch geometric abstract painting with earthy hues and chromatic grays interspersed with brilliant blues and greens and yellows, prismatic rose and violet, oranges, reds and turquoises.
Here is my original textured painting "Higher Vibration" in it's new home, a gorgeous modern kitchen with such a perfect vertical space for a painting. My lovely buyer sent me pictures of her kitchen and said "I'm using my Deruta Italian ceramics as color inspirations". I fell in love with these beautiful handmade, hand-painted ceramics, and could not help but see the color harmonies with my painting. My buyer has a very good eye for color, and such a beautiful home (many thanks for the pictures <3 ).
I experimented with some small works and have listed two small vertical painting with an ocean, underwater, sea life theme.
"Reaching" An abstract fluid, poured expressionist painting with shapes and forms in motion as if under the sea and reaching for the light. Slight textures in the acrylic paint. 24 inches high, 12 inches wide, 3/4 inches deep. Acrylic on stretched canvas, gallery wrapped, back stapled with the sides painted black. Varnished, wired and ready to hang. A certificate of authenticity is included. © Sally Trace, all rights reserved. Shipping is included, please select your destination. Contact me with shipping questions.
"Sea Life" An abstract fluid, poured expressionist painting with shapes and forms that seem to float like sea life in the ocean. Lots of tiny details. Slight textures in the acrylic paint. 24 inches high, 12 inches wide, 3/4 inches deep. Acrylic on stretched canvas, gallery wrapped, back stapled with the sides painted black. Varnished, wired and ready to hang. A certificate of authenticity is included. © Sally Trace, all rights reserved. Shipping is included, please select your destination. Contact me with shipping questions.
"Points of Reference 2", A highly textured acrylic mixed media painting with a pebbly, sandy surface.
18" high, 24" wide, 1.5" deep gallery wrapped canvas. The textures and the image are continues around the sides of the canvas. Mixed media acrylic painting on 100% cotton canvas. Gallery wrapped, back stapled. Several layers of gloss varnish provide a wonderful surface.
A signed certificate of authenticity is provided. Signed on the front, signed and titled on the back. Wired and ready to hang. © Sally Trace, all rights reserved.
Original abstract painting, "Ethereal Resonance" a fluid, poured painting. Very light and airy with a joyful feeling, like being up in the clouds. Slight textures. Acrylic on canvas, 24" high, 48" wide, 1½ inch deep gallery wrapped canvas. The image is painted around the sides.
An abstract cityscape or landscape painting with a geometric composition and a textured surface. Acrylic mixed media on canvas, 24" high, 48" wide, 1½ inch deep gallery wrapped canvas.
A new original painting "Points of Reference". It's a mixed media piece made with acrylic paint mixed in with acrylic mediums, and other materials. It's got a pebbled surface layered with glazed, scumbled and blended colors. Details in various kinds of colored pencil.
"Victory goes to the tenacious" said a friend to me in an email as I was finishing this painting. Which was interesting because it was not an easy painting to bring to a conclusion. And I couldn't help but notice the giant "V" shape and such an interesting concurrence or parallelism. There are no parallels in the letter V, but many parallels to the concepts of victory and tenacity. So I stuck with it and didn't think it was a particularly great painting until I took it from the painting room to the photography room (they are parallel to each other) where it came to life for me and I felt victorious.
A really lovely photograph from a thoughtful buyer. My painting "Heavenly Fire" made into canvas giclee prints. Don't you love her geometric pillows?
A slightly different direction for me, this lovely painting has a rich sandy texture.
I have had so many wonderful art buyers commission me to create new originals this year!!! It has been non-stop for me since the middle of summer. I've learned many things about my working process, what I can do, what I love to do and what I don't want to do. Here is a great painting that I'm working on right now, and it's close to being finished.
"Daydream" is available as canvas giclee prints.
This blog post is part of a chain of blog hops. Each artist answers three questions, and selects three more artists to continue the chain. Thanks to Miriam Schulman for including me in her inspirational daily blog about creativity: http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2014/07/art-101-blog-hop.html
How does my creating process work?
I have a three part personal directive:
1. Show up
2. Do your thing
3. Be awesome
Showing up is the most important activity. I work alone and I’m not a very structured or disciplined person. None of that matters as long as I show up, put paint on the palette or mix up my bottles for pours and start moving, start engaging with the materials. Once the process is initiated, it takes on a life of its own and I become infused with energy just to keep up with it. Inspiration rarely strikes before the artist gets engaged with the materials, but often strikes once the processes begin.
I have lots of ways to begin a painting, and then each painting co-creates with me and it becomes a dance, push and pull, give and take, build up and tear down, small details and large gestures, deliberate creation and intuitive flow until the painting reaches a feeling of completion. That’s the “doing my thing” part. The “be awesome” part is a matter of trusting that every painting can be great, just don’t get in the way with fear or doubt. Allow the well-being to flow because the whole universe will support me if I can stay out of my own way. If I can’t pull that off, then it’s time for a nap or meditation, and allow for a fresh start.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
An artist’s work evolves through the processes the artist uses. Levels of expertise develop in the various techniques that come into being during years of working. Working processes and individual personal visions get honed and more specific. My work contains elements from all my years of learning, elements from all the masters that I’ve studied, elements from playful experimentation that turned into personal techniques. My work is very personal and has grown from my life experiences, my studies and my unique vision. It is intrinsically unique and individual.
What am I working on?
I usually have five or six pieces going at a time. Right now I have 4 small textural abstract pieces, I’m laying the grounds for a large textural piece, and on my wall a geometric floral landscape painting is beginning to take shape. These will all be shelved for a bit because I just received an order for 3 commissions, and they always come first. Thanks so much to my new collector!!
I am happy to have made the acquaintance of two lovely artists as the result of this bloghop:
Debby Epps, an avid crafter and self-taught mixed media artist. Debby makes beautifully complex mixed media collage paintings. You can see her blog here and her facebook page here.
Wendy Sullivan Gilbert , an artist and art teacher with a great variety of fantastic whimsical ceramics, illustrations and mixed media pieces here on her blog, and she also blogs from her sketchbook here.
Today's painting is titled "Clean Sweep".
There is so much movement sweeping across the four canvases. Bright pinks, greens and yellows cheerfully dominate the central areas, bracketed by deep blue, purple, brown and red at the ends. Areas of turquoise give the impression that we are looking at an aerial view of an azure sea, or looking up at the sky through very colorful glass.
Here is it's page.
Today's painting is titled "Into the Day". It evolved over a period of time.
I wasn't sure if I'd be using the black outlines, but did decide to go for it and am very happy with the result. When I look at it, I feel the pull of a new day calling a person to venture forth.
Here is it's page.
Here it is the middle of June already! I've decided to use my blog here on my Weebly website, rather than use my old Blogger blog...I never enjoyed using that program but am very comfortable here. Weebly gives us a very nice blogging platform so I will be making good use of it.
Here is one of my new paintings "Flair for the Dramatic". I wanted to make some smaller paintings for customers who don't have the funds to buy the big ones. This has the feeling of largeness, even though it is small. The sweep of white with dark blues and greens sort of falling out beneath it like dark, rich and complex rain, or some kind of deep mossy forest substance. I really like what is going on in that green and blue area on the bottom, I'll add some closeups. I'll photograph it well so that I'll be able to make large giclees. Here is my page to purchase, or you can go to Etsy. I'm putting a few extra coats of varnish on it just because it is so wonderful.
On a personal note, I've been having an absolutely fantastic year.
I listen to music all the time, it's especially sweet because I spend so much time alone in the studio. One of my great discoveries this year for me has been Rod Stewart's sublime renditions of American popular standards "The Great American Songbook". Like him, I am "fairly addicted" to these songs...to say the least! I'm late to this party, just discovering it this year, and I just can't get enough. The sweetness, the sublime feeling I get from this music makes me think of all of the songwriters and musicians of my parents and grandparents generations who created the original songs, and who are no longer physically present. I can feel their participation in the music from the non-physical perspective, and feel them enjoying these new versions and I believe they thoroughly enjoyed Rod's creations, and the outpouring of good feelings that we listeners can continue to revel in.....
Sally Trace - My original abstract paintings and fine art giclee prints