Thursday, October 05, 2006

Something a little different


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Today's Daily Journal Painting was actually painted yesterday, but I saved it for today so I could work longer on my flower abstract painting that I'm almost done with. Once again, this is watermixable oils on 8 x 10 inch canvas board. A little different than my other spiral abstracts, I decided to use my hand as the central design element today.
My spiral abstract series is inspired by the petroglyphs that can be found all over New Mexico, of which the spiral and hand are repeated often. Also, the line work and geometric shapes are inspired by the pueblo pottery that I love so much. When I began this series, my goal was to take the elements that inspired me and make my own statement with them. I have drawn and painted pottery and petroglyphs for many years and always felt like I was misappropriating someone else's vision. Basically, this series is what goes on inside my head. When I close my eyes and meditate on what to paint, these are what I see. It has taken me a long time to see my own vision in my art and paint what is my truth. So, there you have it!

3 comments:

Mom said...

Hi, Paula,
I love your new paintings! It looks like the 17 days off from painting really got the juices flowing. Today's painting and the story behind it is so inspiring to me....wish I could paint!

Paula Manning-Lewis said...

Thanks mom! You can paint, all you have to do is try! and practice!

:)

Mom said...

Paula,
Right now I don't have the energy to do anything but get through my day. I keep reminding myself that what I do is more important than all the wonderful things I would love to be doing instead of making a living. Besides, my medium is fabric!!