Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sentinels, Remnants and Roots

"Three Sentinels" (Detail)
30" x 30"


It's been a little quiet in this virtual space.  But I've been keeping up with what's been going on in others' studios by making my rounds of the blogosphere.   And I haven't been totally idle in my own studio.  The detail, above, is of the painting that's currently demanding my focus.  It's a spare, rather minimalist painting at this point; 30" x 30" on wrapped canvas.  I like it spare. It's front and center in my field of vision as I move through our house; with each passing, trying to decide whether to add some graphite line details or leave well enough alone.

My husband's family has deep roots on this Washington peninsula; akin to these old (but shallow) sprawling roots of the spruce tree that might have stood there more than a hundred years ago, before the bay claimed the land. 

Monoprint with vintage stamp
4" x 6" 

I did this monoprint over a year ago, long before I came upon the spruce roots.  Each time I have viewed the print since then, I have rotated it back and forth, vertically, to determine if I liked the image best when it evoked downward or upward growth.  I finally committed to the roots orientation a few weeks ago and added the collage elements.  And then I discovered the gorgeous remnants of the spruce.

Happy Weekend!



Kristen Donegan said...

What a beautiful monoprint Gloria!
and as usual your palette is so soothing. It's nice to see what you draw your inspiration from :)

Victoria said...

Yes, I agree, such a soothing palette. Very lovely.

Printed Material said...

It is a beautiful monoprint, especially with the addition of the simple yet do effective postage stamp, but I love the detail of the sentinels. There's something about that shape and those colours that really strike me.I love your passion for what you do Gloria.

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Thank you Kristen! I've been enjoying seeing the new paintings you've been working on, too!

Carole said...

Hi Gloria, I just love your roots!