21 X 30 Watercolor on paper
Feather Nation came out of the same color palette as Divine Velocity. I love playing with orange and blue. Centuries of art and those two main complementary colors still have some surprises for us. I poured the colors onto the canvas and they seemed to want to form into a pueblo. Perhaps it was Native Americans speaking to me in some mysterious way. I’m sure they lived here on my property near a seasonal creek. I revere the original people who I am sure lived on the land I now occupy.
I was inspired to paint this during one of the summer storms we get in the Sierra Foothills. Thunder, lightning, gray and then bright surges of the hot summer sun bursting forth in the sky. With a spectacular sunset from the controlled burn going on in Yosemite. Who needs television? I tried to convey the dynamic changes to our beautiful sky.
On March 10, 2011 I finished this painting which I had been working on for about a week. It was completely one of those paintings painted from what I call the interior landscape. I didn’t have a plan, it was one of those times when it seems the painting is directing me not the other way around. My husband said it felt Japanese and there was a mystery about it that was kind of eerie. I named it Ode To Japan. The next day sadly Japan went through their terrible tsunami so I renamed it to honor those harmed by it.
I don’t draw any conclusions from this other than art, like life is mysterious.
The abstracts I paint, represent for me, the edge of chaos. I sincerely believe we live in trans-formative times. Perhaps humankind has always felt this way. But it does seem that changes are occurring faster and faster every day. That what we thought yesterday doesn’t necessarily hold true for today. For me colors play a role in that. Orange is dynamic and risky while turquoise is tranquil and evokes a sereneness. Juxtaposing these two colors together on paper led me to paint this. I felt spiritually at peace while painting, and so I called it Source.