June 2, 2016 by smithartonline
Stella Crinita combines self-generated and traditional symbols in a mixed media presentation. When working on these smaller pieces I generally have no set plan as to how the work will evolve. Perhaps these pieces are more selfish than some of my other work. For me, there is personal joy of pushing paint around and playing with design elements. There is no overt statement in my mind. If you, the viewer, wish to assign meaning to these works, then more power to you.
Naomi Hirahara is a writer whom I have had the good fortune to hear at public discussions of her work. Ms. Hirahara writes both historical works as well as the Mas Arai and Ellie Rush mysteries. She has stated she will begin writing her mystery novels without knowing the final outcome…she is as surprised as any of her readers by the last chapter. Perhaps these smaller pieces I have been working on have the same genesis. I am surprised by the last brush stroke. The work forms itself.
I continue to use the Garzapapel 140# watercolor paper as the base, then apply watercolor and airbrushed acrylics. Collage papers and three-dimensional elements are attached and then more painting and pencil work continues. I bounce between media as the spirit so moves. These works are quick and more immediate than the larger works of recent vintage…a good way to shake the cobwebs and become reinvigorated.