Art in Everyday Life...what I see around me and how I perceive it...As for many, my home is the wellspring of stability that allows me to function successfully in the world. I do what is needed in an uncomplicated manner...daily routines, necessary chores and projects, with uninterrupted solo time.
Walking out the door and into the world...well, life around me now takes on grand possibilities... of Art! I automatically view shapes, shadows, light, color, and of course...values in everything I see.
Now, I am taking a risk and admitting to states of mind that may or may not exist outside of my own, but, I've shown up with a thought to share, so here it is....
As I view objects around me, my brain seems to become hyper aware of potential, relating to composition, or perhaps negative and geometric shapes. Eye candy for artists. Watching people is magical for me; body movements extending or arching, as a dancer, or peculiar; in fascinating ways. (One day I'll focus on the essence of movements in my paintings.) Emotions bubble up as I view and anticipate realistic abstractions,...which is how I paint. All this can be taken in as I walk through the grocery store parking lot or stand in line at the bank, noticing characteristics of business furniture.
Here are some every day inspirations:
Here I am, minding my own business, when I walk into a room and find myself standing right in front of these incredible shadows with delightful circular and linear shapes! This painting just HAD to happen!
I'm in Hawaii. (Not Oregon...you can tell by the sunshine and shadows! Ha.) My point is that I'm on a tropical island surrounded by tropical-ness, unique birdsong, sweet floral smells and lovely visual delights, but my eyes pick up on these linear shapes, depth, and shadow play of these ordinary chairs. Ordinary or not... they found their way onto my painting desk.
And here's another vision of interest during a lakeside hike. I think most would agree to liking the reflections, but I rather fancy this upside down portrayal. What do you think?
By the way... I turn all my photos into black and white versions to focus on the values, the lights, mid tones, and darks.
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Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.