Below are some photos of a one of my latest pieces. The title accurately explains my current feelings regarding a painful subject and period I am currently muddling through. I feel like my dreams, as well as a huge part of who I THOUGHT I was, have been shattered into tiny particles that were once part of a whole. “Whole” may look different to each of us but it doesn’t make it any less “whole”…thus my inspiration for this piece.
I was inspired by a song I heard and it made me think of how I am left feeling: with a very bad taste in my mouth. You know how it feels to put your tongue on a battery….or perhaps how it feels to bite into a crumpled ball of aluminum foil….you know, that nasty, assaultive, metallic taste? Well, that is how I feel right now….how I have been feeling for the last several weeks.
I used Liquitex acrylic paint and I worked in Golden Gel Medium/Clear Granular Gel in order to create the texture that you see. I did this with a palette knife and a Filbert brush; however, most of the painting was done with my fingers working through the paint and the medium to create the pattern that you see.
I am an oil painter, historically speaking. In other words: I have strictly used oils for years; but, I recently decided to move out of my comfort zone and try my hand at acrylics. I initially found them awful to work with….but I stuck with them and I have been pleasantly surprised! They are a fun and versatile medium that allows you the ability to alter their properties quite easily. I am still learning. This little painting is being added to an installation I am currently working on of small acrylic paintings on paper. I sold one three days ago and another one two days ago so apparently, some people find them interesting and/or beautiful. I hope you do as well.
Have a wonderful week and a peaceful Sunday night. I shall try to do the same….challenging though it may be.
With warmth from San Francisco,