Paintings as Bookends


I see these two paintings as bookends to my first year in Arizona, and was thinking on this idea when the word dichotomy came to mind. The standard definition doesn’t apply, really, but then I read on and found this additional definition:
Botany. a mode of branching by constant forking, as in some stems, in veins of leaves, etc.
This caused me to think back to these paintings and the work that’s been coming to me lately (I now have three canvases stacked on my easel, all at various stages of growth). We all start somewhere, in a seed, grasping at everything we can, copying the art we love, pushing through the soil. And now that I’ve gone through a few seasons of blooming, I’m ready to keep going, branching off what I’ve already learned and done to grow ever higher.

There is imagery that spans both pieces, but one is obviously more controlled, more focused, than the other. This has nothing to do with beauty, mind you, but technique, ability, and inspiration. I loved the first (and it hangs, proudly, above my bed), but adore the second.

And there are many more to come, and soon, I assure you!

"looking for paradise" 16"x24" mixed-media on canvas (available for purchase)

I'll be re-opening my Etsy shop in preparation for the holidays very, very soon. This piece, along with Be Brave (above) will be available as prints or postcards.