This month I’ll talk about an abstraction I made last year titled “Magenta meets yellow and orange”. This painting has a great sense of immediacy about it, yet the colours and their placement were carefully considered. I wanted to make a juxtaposition of the orange and magenta, yet allow the yellow to be a central theme. It’s almost like a collision of these colours, and this is the result! I knew the background could not be strongly present, taking a very subdued presence, and letting the vibrant magenta, yellow, and orange voice be heard. The painting needed a few extra marks of black to lift it from being a red focused energy, and so I used a couple of simple gestures to balance the hot energy. A few areas of blended colour were employed to break the large orange area in particular. I found this painting to be a lot of fun to make, and in a way it seemed to create itself, or at least had it’s own momentum. Things worked very easily, and I was very happy at completion…and still am! Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
Just rediscovered an old gouache painting from around 20 or more years ago!….very abstract and vivid in colour, it was made by using my left hand only. I remember it being strange to paint with the unfamiliar left hand, as it has so little control. But this resulted in a very unplanned piece, yet still very harmonious. It’s like entering into the psyche and popping out something unexpected, unpredictable and exciting, and full of symbols like moons, water, circles of life and so on…hope you enjoy also!
IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
RECEIVES SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
Artist SUSAN LHAMO of BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA has received a Special Recognition Award in the”11th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibition” hosted by Upstream People Gallery.This international exhibition received approximately 160 art entries from around the world and 32 artists were selected by the juror Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U. S. A. Professor Bradshaw states this about this specially recognized work:
“‘SUSAN LHAMO of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in her acrylic painting “Red and Blue Abstraction” shows such vitality with the gestural brushstrokes and this bodes well with the colour choices of mostly red with some pink, ochre, blue-violet and red-violet altogether with black, grey and white. All making for a wonderful energy.”‘
Further information about this specially recognized artwork:
“‘My intention in this work is to create a strong statement with contrasting and vibrant colour. The patches of ultramarine blue are bold, and encourage the viewer’s eye to move around the painting. The red is also bright but I’ve pulled it back from being overwhelming by the addition of pinks. There are underlying layers that only subtly appear, giving tiny hints of what lies beneath. A few symbols and parts of words are seen emerging but aren’t clearly distinguished. Through creating layers, I invite the viewer to make enquiries about what is “seen/unseen”, and to imagine a hidden world which is perhaps exciting, and vivid in experience, yet not revealing all its secrets. There is spaciousness in areas of the painting, and this helps the eye to rest and enjoy the colour filled atmosphere, and the subtle nuances of line and texture.”‘
The exhibition will be featured online during August, 2014 at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com and continue indefinitely in the archives section of the website.
Here’s what I’m working on in the studio….a very exciting and vivid abstraction…not finished yet, but I’m loving it. I’ve been working on this for a couple of weeks, and its pretty much come together. I’ll post a pic when its complete!