Lizzies Blog

Mapping the visual world through a nebulous lens. Varying degrees of tangibility and culpability.
 

Tangerine Pussycat

What does that mean???...... A few weeks ago I was flipping through the TV channels and stopped at a repeat episode of CSI. One of the characters was named Tangerine. I thought to myself I love this word, the way it sounds when you speak it out loud, the color, the fruit the song (old song) and a zillion other things. I could not get this word out of my head so I decided it would be the focus of a series. Pussycat, well....... that's a given, particularly if you know me. I have been doing cat rescue and living with cats my entire life. So this new series is an homage to tangerine and cats.

If you are thinking that art must have some deep meaning or that every artistic venture must come from the depths of the soul, sorrow, loss or struggle; It just ain't so. Most of my inspiration comes from everyday stuff. I am a pragmatist. I try not to get too insane about why I do what I do. I just do it because it feels right at the time, and Tangerine Pussycat is right for now.

These first canvases are looking pretty bold at this stage of the layering but will be toned down a bit as I begin to lay in more opaque/matt colors in the form of washes. the bold under painting is there because I use a razor blade to scrape down into the paint to reveal what is underneath. Like carving out the composition, but on a canvas instead of a lump of clay. The base layer is made of modeling paste, gels and color, so there is texture at the core. Depending on the depth of paint layers much of the texture can be covered over with only the cut areas revealing texture in strategic places.

 Beginning: Textured layer with color.

Beginning: Textured layer with color.

 Canvas #1 first layers of color.

Canvas #1 first layers of color.

 Canvas #2, first layers of color

Canvas #2, first layers of color

As these paintings go through the stages of completion more of the original blue will be pulled through. Adding dashes of color in specific places will allow me to come back to it, even though for a time it will be covered up.

At the end of the day these will be landscape paintings similar to works like Red Sail and others from last year.

 Red Sail, acrylic on canvas 2014

Red Sail, acrylic on canvas 2014