Thursday, April 18, 2013

Lights Out: Reworking an old piece in a new way.

Lights Out Mandala
This is a close up of the center of a painting I recently finished.
I started this piece it in my kitchen during the Halloween Snowpocalypse of 2011. I was using a palette knife and just pushing the paint around to see what might develop.
Lights Out Mandala
This was as far as I got because the power went out, (it was out for days) and I somehow never got back to it. Before I had a studio, it hung in my living room along with a lot of my other art but once I moved to the Banana Factory, I took everything with me. I never wanted to sell it because I liked that it came to represent a particular moment. I told myself that once I'd created enough new work I'd take this one down and bring it back home.

A few weeks ago I brought it home and hung it in it's old spot. I expected to feel happy about this but instead, all I could see was an unfinished painting. So I took it back to my studio and decided to see what I could do with it.
Lights Out Mandala
No real plans, I just start expanding on what's there.
Lights Out Mandala
Many things I try don't seem to work and at least 5 times I'm tempted to just paint over the whole thing. I keep feeling I've "broken it" but I press on because there is no reward without risk. The worst that can  happen is that I learn what not to do the next time.
Lights Out Mandala
I get to this point and I am somewhat satisfied with the overall balance but I push on...
Lights Out Mandala
and end up working in an intentional illusionary way that I've never done before and I am thrilled with the results.  It reminds me of the Mayan calendar.

This piece is currently available for purchase - please message me for details.

1 comment:

Heather said...

Love your finished piece, Stephanie! The contrast between the bold green and orange blocks and the fine details of the purple and blue really gives this mandala a dynamic feel. My eye just wants to keep looking at it again and again.

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