"A New Day, Ocean Sunrise"
Focus on the horizon, find the ocean, and the explosion of color becomes an ocean sunrise. A new day.
In this difficult and often lonely Covid-19 crisis, there is optimism and joy to be found. While I was experimenting with pouring paint on a large 30" x 40" mid-grade unprepped canvas, a sunrise appeared. The finished painting reminded me of glorious sunrises, framed by palm trees, that I have enjoyed at Vero Beach. As our Safer-at-Home mandates dragged on from weeks into months, looing at this painting made me happy. I photographed the image and digitally played around with it to see if I could design a poster. I certainly had the time!
You may not see what I see in this explosion of color, but I trust the thought or memory of an ocean sunrise brings you a sense of peace and joy in these times. Focus on the horizon.
Posters and Note Cards available on my Etsy shop.
January 2019. A new-to-me medium of pouring thin acrylic paint on a canvas
and moving the canvas back and forth to see where the paint wants to go.
The story behind the Story Drapes
I've always liked the fabric with the writing that one can't read because what looks like words, really aren't. After buying a yard of fabric with such a design to test the color I needed, it wasn't available when I returned to the store. So I decided to design my own. New to Adobe Illustrator and with Spoonflower's wide range of colors, I managed to design a panel using part of a story I'd written. The story is "Art Class," one of my Family Reunion series. The granddaughter for whom this story is dedicated read the drapes when she was visiting and said "That's me talking. Aunt Holly loves Pierre!"
From Canvas to Fabric.
Designs from my original art are printed by Spoonflower in Durham, North Carolina, the fabric and surface printer. The "Alphabet Train" poster has moved to a toddler reading blanket.
A point of funny personal privilege ... One of my young granddaughters innocently asked an older adult friend of her mother's, "My grandmother is an artist and my grandpa works at Walt Disney World. What do you do all day?"