Body of Work, New Art

Memory-Jogs and the Year-End Review

Even though I’m not so much a looking backwards individual as I am a looking forward one, I do find a review of the previous year fundamental to goal-setting for the year to come. So for a start, I’ve assembled this slide show of some of my 2017 work.

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Some of these works are still in my studio, but many of them have found themselves in new homes where I hope they provide lasting pleasure. The memory jog was fun for me. The images of work created months ago remind me of how rewarding it is to create something that never existed before, and to pass it along to someone who will find meaning in it for years to come. I appreciate immensely the connections that art makes possible.

Besides a visual review of 2017, I also did a written one. I won’t bore you with details, but I’ll share a few of the highlights, some of which didn’t seem significant until seen from the vantage point of 2018.

  1. Cleared out, renovated and set up the workshop
  2. Began creating assemblages (made possible by #1)
  3. Created 36 works (22 paintings and 14 assemblages).
  4. Accepted into four juried shows

Now, looking forward to the broad expanse of 2018 (doesn’t the year ahead seem big and forever?), yes, I have goals, like creating 40 works, adding the 3D work to my website and increasing my email list of art lovers. But one of my most daunting goals is to focus on consistency of expression, to better establish my style and unique voice–challenges many artists encounter! I’m envious of those who make it look so easy.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you for your encouragement and moral support this past year. It means the world to me, no matter what form it took, whether you gave a social media thumbs up, volunteered your help, joined my patronage program, attended an exhibit, subscribed to my newsletter, read a blog post, shared an event or purchased a piece of art, be assured that I notice and feel your kindness and friendship.

A happy, healthy, and blessed 2018 to all of you.

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All art is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without express written permission. Copyright 2017 Laura Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Painting

Strength with sweetness

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I wanted to create a painting with a sweep of color in the composition, something that might invoke a wave, or a transition from something powerful to something  still strong, but different in character. I began by laying down texture and covering it with strands of blue, various shades on top of one another. As the piece evolved, it became clear that there would be a field of pearlescence, the top right section in the view above. (Oenomel can be hung effectively either horizontally or vertically.)

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I began to add some warmth by overlapping reds, pinks, yellows, oranges, yellow–candy colors, I thought. I unified things by laying down the cool ocean colors alongside the candy colors. Some pearly gems appeared, like pops of jewelry. I built layer upon layer, finalizing the painting with splashes and splatters of contrasting colors–white, dark and medium blues, and whatever felt right at the time.

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The hardest part of creating this piece came in naming it. (Can’t seem to go with “Untitled.”) As I often do, I search my “Word of the Day” app, and stumbled across the word “oenomel,” which means “strength with sweetness,” like wine with honey. Perfect! Done!

Oenomel is a large painting, acrylics/mixed media on 20″ x 60″ gallery-wrapped canvas. As mentioned above, it can be installed vertically or horizontally, according to your preference. To see it both ways in context, click here and scroll down a bit in the Large Paintings section. Learn how to purchase this or any painting of your choice on the FAQ page.

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All art is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2016 Laura Hunt


 

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About the Painting

Revealing my Crosswise process

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A passion for texture is a major motivator for my work. Laying down texture is my go-to first step. That’s where I consider the composition of the piece, playing with the depth, the character, and tactile qualities that will guide what happens next. I’ve created a number of paintings using layered stripes, sometimes horizontally, sometimes vertically, to produce exciting clashes abutting and layered on top of each other.

In Crosswise, I laid down my texture—well—crosswise, parallel with the shorter side of the canvas. While painting the stripes in the same direction might have been pretty, I wanted a tension at play. So instead, I painted the layers of stripes vertically, in direct opposition to the underlying texture. The result is a rich vibration that you can see in the detail photos here as the brush skips over the ridges.

16379-crosswise-detail-4-loThe painting progresses from the cool greens and blues of fields and streams at the bottom to the warm reds, oranges, and yellows of sunshine and flames at the top. Gold gem-like dots punctuate the painting’s verticality and provide a surprise to be found by the viewer.

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But nothing is perfect! Nature causes decay and corrosion on objects, which this painting expresses with the worn-away passage at the top. Random splatters top off the painting with spontaneous exuberance, a contrast to the relative discipline of the underlying structure.

Crosswise is painted on standard gallery-wrapped 22 x 28 canvas, and is ready to hang. See the painting in context here.

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All art is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2016 Laura Hunt

 

 

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Harmony and conflict, high and low

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Mesa Whirlwinds is another in a group of paintings based on the compositional structure of a high horizon line, as if viewed from a low place. There are four textured swirls, with the top two intersected by the horizon line, that speak to the harmony—or conflict—of the high and the low. Whirlwinds are both earth and sky, as dust and dirt are blown about, blurring the distinction and causing me to catch my breath.

Weather and the elements have taken their toll, wearing away the surfaces to reveal the past represented by the pentimento (images, strokes, or forms that have been painted over) present both above and below the horizon. (By the way, “pentimento” is one of my very favorite arty words!) Turquoise and earth-tinged colors are evocative of tribal lands, with jeweled “buttons” providing surprise anchors that, somehow, keep everything from blowing away. Random paint splatters provide animation to an otherwise very stable, peaceful image.

Mesa Whirlwinds is a 20” x 20” mixed media painting on gallery-wrapped canvas. Visit Gallery: Middle Works to see Mesa Whirlwinds as it might look in a home or office. (Scroll down a bit.) See my FAQs page to learn about the easy purchasing process.

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All art is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2016 Laura Hunt
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Shows

ArtsGoggle is October 11!

Wow! This year’s ArtsGoggle should be the best ever, with over 300 artists (including yours truly), and 80 bands. This cool event has extended its hours, giving you more time to savor the experience. So come visit ArtsGoggle on October 11, from noon – 10 pm, a free event on Fort Worth’s Near Southside. Once again I’ll be showing my art at Magnolia Cheese Company, 1251 W. Magnolia Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104.

Parking? Glad you asked. Located at 1201 Alston Avenue, the Magnolia Green garage is free and open to the public 24/7.  No parking tickets or validation needed; simply pull into the garage and enjoy covered, convenient parking. Get directions here.

Stroll Magnolia and other parts of the Near Southside, enjoy music, have a meal, a brew, or a glass of wine at one of the area’s unique unchained restaurants (like Magnolia Cheese Company).

While you’re out, stop by my booth and say hello. I’ll have an ample supply of original mixed media work (both abstract and representational), some hand-printed notecards, and free bookmarks as long as they last.

For a preview, visit my Etsy shop. As always, I will have new art available for the first time at ArtsGoggle!

But wait, there’s more!
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I’ll donate 10% of the proceeds to the Day Resource Center for the Homeless. Get your art fix and help the homeless in one fell swoop! Feel free toforward this message to a friend, and bring them with you to enjoy local art, homegrown music, and non-chain restaurants. Hope to see you at ArtsGoggle!

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Uncategorized

A little work in progress

Works in progress

Works in progress

I’m back to working on my Native American-inspired series. These little 3″ x 3″ blocks are such a joy to carve!  Can’t wait to print, sign, number and frame Man Bird and Hungry Crow.  In a future post, I’ll show you the finished framed artwork. I’m off to work now. ‘Bye.

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New Art

My obsession with hearts

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Okay, I’ll ‘fess up. I’m a wee bit obsessed with hearts. That shape with the two roundy hills and that one sweet little point. It never gets old to me. And it doesn’t hurt that hearts instantly bring to mind love-ly thoughts. Ahhh!

So Valentine’s Day gives me this crazy opportunity to make lots of hearts. I’ve created several “wall valentines,” just right for the love of your life. I also went into printmaking mode to create two Valentine card designs. The cover has rounded corners with a slender ribbon dangling from the top right. Three hearts embellish the inside, leaving plenty of room for your own heartfelt message. Even the envelope has a heart printed on the flap.

Visit the Valentine Collection of SeptemberArtStudio on Etsy, and take a closer look. I think you’ll agree with me that handmade is a whole lot sweeter than that last minute box of chocolates at the drug store. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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