Goldenwest Street Water View
If you have every been to Huntington Beach, then you may be familiar with Dog Beach. It is near Goldenwest Avenue and the Pacific Coast Highway. I used to ride my bike along the beach path and stop there to enjoy the view. There’s a rocky face on the cliff overlooking the beach, which is beautiful in the evening at sunset. That view inspired this painting that is apart of the “Shores and Doors” art show at The Art Center or 855 Gallery at 855 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria, California. The show runs from August 1 to October 7 (which happens to be my birthday).
If you happen to be in the area, stop by and check out this gallery. All artwork is for sale there. If you haven’t been to Carpinteria before, you should stop to see it. It’s a cute little coastal town with interesting shops and restaurants.
The beach in Santa Monica is layers of land, water, brown cliffs, and the green of trees and grass. On these beautiful fall afternoons, late afternoon, when the sun is starting to set, the colors blend in my mind. This abstract, inspired by the beauty around me, is only 8 inches by 8 inches.
I wanted to create a small work that I could take with me when I went to see my Mom who is fighting cancer. (She lives out of state.) She has a particularly aggressive cancer that started with a tumor behind her eye. She is blind in that eye and now has another tumor in the root of her tooth. It is difficult to see my Mom this way but also it was good to see her. I have been lucky enough to have my Mom in my life for many years. My Mom loves acrylic paintings with texture, so I created this one for her because it is small enough for her to hold to touch and look at closely. My time is short with my Mom and it felt good to share something with her. She is not able to travel to see my studio so this is the best I can do.
Art reflects life changes
I have been settling in my new place in Santa Monica and painting where I live while I search for a new studio space. The change in work space has inspired different approaches to my work. I also have been trying different brands of paint, which has also changed the outcome. If you paint with acrylic, then you understand the nature of working with it. Some brands produce a thicker paint that lends itself to the type of work I like to do. These works were done with the Blick brand of paint. It tends to be more liquid than what I have used in the past. I have been mixing it with different mediums such as glass beads, pumice, iridescent, crackle paste, and a few others to thicken it up. The work to the right is only 5 x 7 inches. It can be challenging to work on a small canvas…this one just happened. Often painting is almost an out of body experience – I am lost in the creation. I spent days afterword waiting for this one to dry. About a week later, when it finally dried, I still wasn’t sure what I thought of it, but it has a combination of some of my favorite colors of blue. It feels like late evening, last light of the day, the blue period before dark and the sky blackening behind stars. This piece and other small works are for sale on Squareup Market at https://squareup.com/market/trish-falin
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One Hot August Afternoon
I finally made the space to start painting again in acrylic. I had taken up using charcoal and a pad of paper for a bit during my move to Santa Monica but it doesn’t compare to working with a tool to create a three dimensional piece such as the one I’m posting today.
I wanted to use a hot pink with a green and white, and so I began working on this piece. Just laying the colors next to each other created a glowing affect. I mixed in several other colors to increase its complexity. I used five mediums in this one to add some variation in the surface. Glass beads are one of my favorites, but this jar contained smaller sized glass beads so the result looks different than previous works.
It’s difficult to see all the color in the darker area but if you click on the photograph and enlarge it, you will probably see it much better. I was using diffused natural sunlight to get this photograph. Usually I set up bright white light to increase the detail in the picture, but I thought I’d try the natural light that floods into my workspace. I also tried a different type of acrylic paint that takes quite a long time to dry. I have my floor covered with several pieces that are drying – one two by four foot piece is probably going to take over a week to dry.
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The spread of color in texture gives the water depth, although it’s hard to capture all that color in a photograph. I had intended to write about this painting earlier this week but I have been distracted by life. I will be moving my studio during the next three weeks to somewhere in Los Angeles. So, I’m not going to say a lot about this painting … I’ll just post it and get busy with the details of moving.
Working on a small canvas can be interesting. These three acrylic paintings are only 5 x 7. These three are for sale on Squareup Market at https://squareup.com/market/trish-falin