Sunday, May 20, 2012

Playing With Paint


In my continuing efforts to loosen up, I've been playing with color and abstract shapes. In this series of self-imposed exercises, I took some of my favorite paintings by other artists that I find inspirational and I reduced them down to some basic shapes and used totally different colors. It was fun and a good opportunity to just play with paint without having to create something "serious", but I have to admit to getting restless with it. I was never very good at practicing scales on the piano as a child either...


 I'm kind of enjoying creating textures with paint.

Can you tell this one might have been a cat?

In other news, we're going to be moving again. And just as I was starting to make good connections and get really familiar with this town. Such is the life of a newly minted PhD and his family - a few years of these one year teaching positions before hopefully finding something a little more permanent. I really don't mind relocating; it's kind of exciting exploring new places. I dread the physical moving part, though. Hiring movers is outrageously expensive and beyond our means, but driving a moving truck yourself any great distance is rather stressful, too. C'est la vie.

5 comments:

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

I'm with you on the "exploring new places" but the part that includes packing and driving there IS stressful!! Good luck with the move, I look forward to seeing new work!!

marianne said...

hard for me to do that practice work too (which is why i don't draw), but this looks like a good exercise. good luck on the move- hope you enjoy your new community!

Gabrielle said...

Thanks Diane and Marianne!

Ken Januski said...

Good luck with the move Gabrielle. And no I don't envy you loading and driving the truck I still remember the quasi-terrifying end of my trip from upstate New York through the hills of Kentucky on winding roads in the dark as I moved from graduate school to my first teaching job.

But it can be an adventure. Hope it is for you. Your recent experiments remind me a bit of Milton Avery. Keep it up.

Gabrielle said...

Hi Ken, I hadn't even thought about Milton Avery until you mentioned it, but I see exactly what you mean.

Thanks for the well-wishes. Hopefully our move will be less exciting than yours was!