It has been 2 years ago since creating a series of abstract paintings that came out of nowhere. I was to exhibit at Undercroft gallery. I let my mind take a vacation, let my hand be free to any color of pastel…exploring what my intuition wanted to say (see.) The series I coined; Mountain Pantone’s.This oil series took on an identity of its own. Rectangle shapes, long jagged lines, skinny horizons float in the distance. I felt like I was somewhere else, an interesting land Which was foreign to me.
With each stroke I felt like I was creating colorful mountains, caves, adventures unseen. I painted using the hand held jumbo Sennelier Oil Pastel on MDF board. The tones chosen held an earthy and spiritual vibe. A mixture of purples, blues, browns, Chartreuse, mac n’ cheese yellow, orange, black and white. I’ve only created 6-7 pieces from the abstract idea I held. I feel theres more left within me. I Untapped Oil painting techniques unexplored. More possibilities. This must be what it’s like to know about a buried treasure. I made sure to itch the nagging feeling today. I am so Ecstatic with the results!
I wrote a poem below. And I know I am not a poet or the best writer…but I enjoy writing one to Occupy a finished piece.
–“the highest or climactic point of something, especially as attained after a long time.”
500 main St. Mural Alleyway
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This past Friday the 13th was the culmination of many weeks of leadership, teamwork, and murals at the Mural reception for the 500 Main st. Alleyway project. September brought us an amazing harvest moon, also known as the wine moon or singing moon which brought many things into completion physically. These plans were laid months ago with Robin Moses, Sabrina B. and I at a chance meeting. We chatted about how to get local art into the eyes of the community and Robin proposed the idea that the murals in the alleyway adjacent to their building weren’t finished. That alley reminded me of Black Cat alley that I went to over the summer in downtown Milwaukee which involved many local artists. Since we all had a vision we started planning with 500 Main st. and asked local artists to be involved in painting murals with the help of La Crosse soup’s donation money. I must say thank you to all who attended the last Mural reception and the artists themselves! It was an amazing feat to behold for La crosse and I feel SOO PROUD that we made this happen. The last few months of painting really did pay off with some beautiful displays of public artwork. Hopefully the murals at 500 Main street in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin will inspire the youth and garnish hope for future artists living there. I remember growing up in La Crosse and realizing long ago there weren’t many opportunities for a painter/graphic designer. I realized it is US artists in the present moment that need to stand up and need to be the change you would like to see in the world. I want artists to know that they can paint with passion and sometimes those rewards will not be of the material world: but instead spiritual value. Being VALUED by the public with emotional connection for making things more beautiful is a reward and sometimes more affirmation you need then fleeting money.