Concealed/Revealed

Many surfaces offer a record of things covered up and things peeking through, layers that conceal paint, symbols, signs, directions, pictures, and writing. In this painting series, all mixed media paintings on canvas (mostly acrylic paint), I have been working with underlying shapes and content that are immersed in a “soup” that hides their relationships. They feel to me like they are hinting at some story that is never fully revealed because not all of the pieces are available...like a suspension of meaning, but one that keeps me wondering.

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Taking notes (PWG188)
mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas
36 x 36 x 1.5
p.s. eternity (PWG187)
mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas
36 x 36 x 1.5
Brave. sweet, pink (PWG193)
mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas
36 x 36 x 1.5
Lost to interpretation (PWG118) (sold)
mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas
36 x 36 x 1.5
Just a suggestion... (PWG117) (sold)
mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas
36 x 36 x 1.5
Wild horses couldn't drag me (PWG192)
mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas
36 x 36 x 1.5
Sentinels - Keeping the code (PWG157)
mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas
36 x 48 x 1.5
Uncovering the truth (PWG119)
mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas
36 x 36 x 1.5
This is an example of several stages of one of the paintings shown above (Taking notes), from the beginning washes of color to the finished painting. It's a process of discovery and decision making. I start with a limited color wash (maybe two colors) and look for the shapes and colors that look interesting to me. Then I add more color, patterns, and shapes to define what I am most interested in because it reminds me of something from my own experience: landscapes, spaces, colors that evoke a particular emotion, etc.

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