Lately my paintings have been inspired by fairytales.
I spent some time earlier this year working on a writing project. I began creating my own fairytales to go along with my artwork and stories. Now with my new paintings, I’ve gone back to using lots of grounded earth tones, blues and burnt sienna, mixed with a bit more of that fairy world.
My paintings and stories are very much inspired by nature. I’ve finally been able to paint outside (my favorite thing, surrounded by birds and the tallest trees on my studio balcony), so these new pieces are also a reflection of spring and the first glimpses of blooms coming up here in Wisconsin.
Sometimes I wish I could actually see my paintings move.
With this new woman (above), I imagine all of her little tendrils and dots floating in and out of focus like imagination or dreams. She’s also inspired by the magic that happens whenever you follow your heart’s desire. I see her as a fairy who sprinkles you and your world with hope dust to make everything sparkle, so she’s called “Believe In Magic”
Every painting I create begins with a playful background. I love mixing and dripping colors like a bit of neon yellow acrylic ink with a deep turquoise fluid acrylic paint on canvas. Then I add more of my favorite supplies: layers of oil paintsticks, watercolors, spray paint, acrylics, inks, water-soluble pencil, paint pens and soft pastels to see what happens.
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