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Developing a new style takes time

Every now and then you have to try something new…

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For the last few weeks I have been working on a new style. This involved searching for the right paints and tools to achieve what I imagined could happen on canvas. A couple other paintings I wanted to post are already gone, so I am posting these two which represent what I was trying to create. I chose to work on a 40 x 30 inch canvas for this series to have a larger impact with color.

Thanks for stopping by… I appreciate your feedback and have been inspired by blogs kept by everyone who has stopped by. All work is copyrighted by me and is for sale. If you are interested in purchasing work, you can contact me at trishfalin@gmail.com.

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Translating designs in my head through paint and brush in hand

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Trying to capture a vision

I often see designs in my head and try to capture them on paper or canvas as I did with this work. It’s a challenge to paint intricate designs with acrylic and a paint brush… it might be better done with a fine point pen (as I did during class when I was in school). I posted this painting horizontally but it could also be hung vertical. I chose these two colors to give the painting movement. Thanks for stopping by (-:

The piece inspired by underwater world images will be in the Free Spirit Show at The Art Center in Carpinteria from June 15-July 29. Opening reception is Saturday, June 15th from 5 to 7 pm … Free Spirit was juried by Karen Browdy. The Art Center is located at 855 Linden, Carpinteria, California. I dropped off a couple of pieces for the bin (pictured here)… hopefully, they won’t be too big!

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Fogged in during the last days of winter

Days of fog …

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Santa Monica has been soaked in fog for so many days I’ve lost count. I have been continuing to work on some abstracts that were influenced by my trip to Portugal. I am posting a couple here that are hanging in an office now. The larger piece took some weeks to complete. I layered paint on it to resemble the way paint is layered on walls in Los Angeles. I often see squares painted over concrete to cover graffiti. The layers start to peel after time, weathered by sun and the moist film left after fog settles in for a night.

Sun bleached tiles

The second painting, the smaller of the two, is a bit creamier, like sun bleached tile near the beach. I’m not sure exactly where I have seen this, but it may have actually been inland Mexico in Cuernavaca. I remember someone saying that Cuernavaca is a city of walls.

Walls

To me, walls represented the separateness that plagues communities. Walls keep neighbors from knowing each other, although Robert Frost wrote that “Good fences make good neighbors” in the poem Mending Wall. However, it isn’t Frost’s words, the saying is a 17th century proverb. Frost though ruminates on walls: “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out / And to whom I was like to give offense.” I wrote a poem after the visit to Cuernavaca, reflecting on the walled in residents of the city and how it feels to be walled in. It was published in an online at http://www.moriapoetry.com/falin.html

Walls as art

This work is an attempt to turn the walls I see every day into an inspiration. If you drive around Los Angeles, walls take on various meanings depending on the materials used to create the wall, how its aged and weathered, and what people have added to it.

Walling in or walling out

I had the fortunate experience to live in a neighborhood without fences for a few years. I can remember walking to school through yards. I knew all my neighbors – good or bad – they knew me, too. There was a sense of freedom when I lived without fences and could run through the neighborhood to the park, school or a friend’s house. In spite of the feeling of separateness that a wall can invoke, there are some interesting and even beautiful walls. The second painting makes me think of a beach side wall, creamy colored, but sun bleached – maybe close to a hot tub.

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Spring finally did show up

The first day of spring passed and I am flying into autumn with a trip to New Zealand and Australia. I am looking forward to seeing new places, new art, and meeting new people. Look for some new stuff when I return.

Thank you

As always, my work is for sale and you can contact me at trishfalin@gmail.com if you are interested. All work is copyrighted, and can be used under the Fair Use guidelines (not for profit). If you share this web page, let me know. Thank you for stopping by …

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Bare trees under a winter sky

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Under a gray winter sky

The days feel much colder now as January is half way through. After visiting Portugal, it feels even colder here in Santa Monica. The sky seemed to become an endless gray cover and I found myself reaching for black, white and every shade between the two. My own version of 50 Shades of Gray… This painting is a black and white version of the last post which was filled with rich and warn hues of brown and gold. I also used some mediums to make the surface appear rough and worn like an old tree weathering a winter.

Drifting from bright color to the gray day

This painting took some time to develop, and then a while to dry. I have continued to experiment with black and white with a small amount of color and will post some of those works soon. While in Portugal, I went to a museum dedicated to a woman who was an abstract artist. Maria Helena Vieira da Silva grew up in Lisbon and was greatly influenced by the structures around her. If you are interested, you can read about here in Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Helena_Vieira_da_Silva. I was impressed by the museum and the people who were there working the day I came were very gracious. The museum is near the aqueduct. I have been inspired by her work and inspired by a country that dedicates a museum to a woman who was an abstract artist – a rarity.

Less is more – the impact of sparse color

I am intrigued with the impact of very little color in a work. I have been experimenting with a more structured look like da Silva. It is strange to do something so completely different than my colorful work.

Thanks for stopping by …

I appreciate everyone’s feedback … it is inspiring to hear from others and also to visit your blogs to see your travel pictures, and read about your experiences. The best part of WordPress is that I can interact with people from around the world. I am currently trying to decide where to go next, so I will be reading about your trips. My next trip is the end of March and beginning of April… I’m hoping to explore a country I haven’t seen yet.

Copyright

All work is copyrighted by me and is for sale. If you are interested in purchasing work, you can contact me at trishfalin@gmail.com. I will be working on a way to sell on the web site during the next month and plan to put something up in February.

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Environmental Influence: The Trees of Santa Monica

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A Tree on Ocean Park

Santa Monica has some grand old trees in the park along Ocean Park. This one near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean Park inspired my work posted here. The tree isn’t quite the mix of color I have here, but has a little more gray on it as if it is showing its age. This is the colorful version of the tree bark. I also have a black and white version that appears a little more rugged and aged: a tree with character.

Chocolate and caramel

I used a mix of warm colors in smooth strokes like a swirl of chocolate and caramel warmed by a little sun. There’s a mix of several colors on top of a black canvas. I actually haven’t put the finish on it, so the color will pop a little more after I do.

Environmental influence

Much of what I paint is inspired by the environment. I have walked past this tree at least a hundred times. Although I took a picture of it, I painted it from a mix of memory and emotion that thinking about the tree evoked. I do appreciate the way care has been taken to keep the trees along Ocean Park alive. I still remember the first time I saw this tree in 1999 while walking along Ocean Park with a friend. We stopped and talked about how grand a tree it was and I took a picture of it. Both the tree and my friend are still part of my life. It is easy to take the beautiful environment and the love of friends for granted, but here I am 13 years later thinking about how grand both the tree and my friend are …

This season

As the days grow short, and a little bit cold, I hope that we all find some warmth and that this brings peace. As the crowds scurry about looking for gifts and getting angry with long lines and traffic, I hope to spend some time with friends and maybe a few old trees before I head to Portugal.

Thank you …

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my work. I have people ask me often why I use WordPress instead of creating my own web page. I always tell them it’s because of the community. While my art is for sale, I hope that there also is a personal connection made in the process to the work. Art on your wall should be something you love to look at, something that evokes a feeling. If you are interested in any works here, you can contact me at trishfalin@gmail.com.

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Framing a bit of serenity

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Finding some peace

The first work after returning from the funeral came out looking like spring after a hard winter. I took this painting to be framed before I took a picture of it, so I leaned it up against my car and took this shot with my phone. I chose a floating black frame … one I like to use on my work.

Painting a bit of hope

I hope that my Mom found some peace after all the suffering. I think that painting is a form of expression of what’s inside that can’t find words. I started with a light green on the canvas and then let the colors fall through the layers of blues, greens, browns and purples. Although it has been foggy often lately, I have been painting a bit of spring color on my canvases. This one is 18×24, which is large enough to create complexity.

Thanks for stopping by …

I love the feedback on WordPress and I also like visiting other sites. I have been checking out a lot of travel blogs as I thought about where to go. I booked a flight to Lisbon in December. After reading so much about it on other blogs, I thought it would be a good place to go right now. If you know of any great art galleries there, please let me know. I know there will be plenty of good food and melancholy music. I’m sure it will inspire new work.

Copyright

All work is copyrighted by me and is for sale. Please ask permission before using images posted here of my work. If you are interested in purchasing work, you can contact me at trishfalin@gmail.com. (Note: This painting is no longer available… it’s hanging above a fireplace in New Jersey.)

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A Study in Color at The Art Center in Carpinteria

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A Study in Color

This painting, which will be part of The Art Center’s new show opening November 17th, seems to have every color I could find layered throughout. Photographing it was especially challenging, to capture the impact of a two foot by four foot piece and view it on a screen is not even close to seeing it in person. If you have a chance to see The Art Center’s show “A Study in Color,” then you will understand. The Art Center is located at 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, California. The opening reception will be November 17th from 2 to 4 pm … The show runs until January 6th.

Start of a New Trend

In many ways, this painting was the first of a new trend for me. The coloring is different, as well as the texture. Blending so many colors over such a large space takes time and patience. I was lost in the creation of this one for some time. Then, it took two weeks to dry. I actually completed this piece in August but hadn’t posted it yet. I have several pieces yet to post.

Bright Spot in November

The show is a bright spot for me this November. My mom passed away last month after battling cancer for more than a year. She loved art and had a special affinity for texturized acrylic works. She inspired my switch from watercolor to acrylic when she purchased a piece from an artist in El Paso, Texas. She gave me the painting and I still find it very inspiring.

Thanks for stopping by …

I appreciate everyone’s feedback … it is inspiring to hear from others and also to visit your blogs to see and read about your experiences. The best part of having a WordPress site is that you can interact with people. It’s the main reason I decided to use it to display my art. Your notes on my last post helped ease the stress and emotional ups and downs. Unfortunately, cancer strikes many and its damage is devastating to watch and painful to experience. I have a large family and very little experience with death. I don’t really know how to process it other than to paint.

Copyright

All work is copyrighted by me and is for sale. Please ask permission before using images posted here of my work. If you are interested in purchasing work, you can contact me at trishfalin@gmail.com.

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