This painting qualified my art into the Toledo Museum of art show
On April 8, 2012, Easter Sunday, I came home from church and began to read Facebook. The liason for the Findlay Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art just posted that April 9th was the last day to enter for this exhibit. This was the first time I heard of it. That meant I only had one day to prepare! There was an artist challenge, meaning that we could enter 3 works, but one of them had to be influenced by an artist I had never heard of, Jules Olitski. I didn't decide to give it a go, until Monday morning and I had to get it all ready by the afternoon.That meant I had to paint something, frame it, write a story about it, and turn it in the same day. I was already committed to judge another show the same time I was supposed to turn in my art for this one. Plus I had to figure out a way to get my other art out of another gallery which was closed for the day, so I could enter it into the exhibition. Talk about a rush job! I don't know how I did it, but, I did. I painted this in about an hour or so, slapped it into a frame I found in the house, and wrote up the necessary entry story about the painting and how Jules Olitski influenced it. Plus I was able to get out my other paintings from a gallery that was closed, and get it all delivered by 6 PM. Whew.
I read that Olitski experimented with color and was inspired by nature. Me too! I love vivid, brilliant colors and nature. On Saturday, April 7th, I was out at the park taking pictures of the beautiful spring trees and was mesmerized by a beautiful redbud tree. I decided to use the redbud tree for inspiration and try to limit my painting to the study of color only, without any apparent lines created by drawing in tree trunks or branches, or other objects in nature. I limited it just to color itself. I let splashes of color create everything in the painting and let the viewer create their own shapes from their imagination and whatever was created by the brush strokes.
I call it “Redbud Special” because of the beautiful redbud tree I had seen at the park and how gorgeous her colors were. I used the word "Special" because it was the special thing I needed to qualify for the show. It was special because it's every artists dream to get their work into a museum. The blue sky behind the tree was the backdrop for all the pinks I saw on the tree. I used metallic and iridescent acrylic paints to create a more vivid effect. I absolutely love delicious color, which affects the way I paint, even in my more traditional works. I hope you enjoy my painting and give all the pink trees a big hug from me for making our lives more colorful.
Though I do not normally paint in this style, it got me into the Toledo Museum of Art with the Findlay Area Artists Exhibition in the Community Gallery, May 4-July 19, 2012. I also showed "Wisdom" and "Evangel of Hope" during the exhibition.
Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.