Celestial Canopy

Celestial-Canopy-Patricia-Cherry-750.00-445x600

30 X 40   Watercolor

I am convinced the era in which we live is an era of pivotal change.    As a species we are exploring the Universe and the microscopic.   There is always both chaos and beauty in change.   The more we know the less we understand.  The wider our understanding the wider the perimeter of our unknowing.  It is this paradox I am attempting to illustrate.  What, who and why are we?

Earth and Sky Merging

Earth & Sky Merging

24 x 30   Watercolor

Earthy tones for landscape and sky.  The electrical storm adds a turbulence to the landscape, with an acoustical effect to the atmosphere.  Once again the color temperature of the earth could be represented by the abstract shapes.  The mystical vortex is represented by the white area of the painting as a door to another dimension as in the paperback written by Neanna Miller and the Sedona red rocks sleepy artist community.

The color red in most red and brown rocks are small amounts of  hematite.  Native Americans used this to make pigments.   Hematite is an important pigment as well. It is known as “red ochre” used on cave walls, painting faces and bodies all over the world.   Most paint is made from pulverized minerals.  The blue here could be Azurite, the orange – Cinnabar, and the yellow – Jarosite.

I named my homestead Red Rock Ranch because we have so much Iron in our rock here too, in Tuolumne County.  With it’s share of lightning storms, rivers, and Red Hills.

Above it All

This is one of my early non-objective paintings. There is a bit of confusion about the definition of abstract versus non-objective. But for me non-objective more accurately describes my process since I am not trying to abstract shapes from a specific object, rather I am seeking spontaneous organic shapes while concentrating on color and composition. The name comes from the fact that it reminds me of when I was learning to fly over the fields of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

In A Higher Place072312

21 x 29   Watercolor

This painting was donated to the Black Hat Foundation for their annual fundraiser 2015.

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Source

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.

 

Source

22 x 30  Watercolor