Extending Boundaries

There are many ways for an artist to stretch her boundaries.  Some are by experimenting with other media or by tackling different subject matter or approaching work more as an abstraction than as representation.  Or it may be more literal by moving from the studio into “plein air” to paint from nature.  This month I’ve been literally stretching my boundaries in a several ways, by working on a larger canvas than the smaller sizes I’ve limited myself to in recent years, and by visualizing natural elements in abstract terms of line, flow, color, value patterns, and balance.

As I reviewed some photographs I’d taken as reference studies, and considered how they might be used, I began to play with some of the abstract ideas they suggested.  The result speaks for itself.

"Sun Catchers" (#161002), oil by Charlotte Mertz, 30" x 30" x 1.5"

“Sun Catchers” (#161002), oil by Charlotte Mertz, 30″ x 30″ x 1.5″

When we allow ideas to flow beyond the usual parameters, sometimes we can surprise ourselves.

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