Artist blog about abstract figurative oil painting and contemporary collage. Discussion about painting in the studio and the creative process of painting abstract and impressionistic oil paintings.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
"Phantom of the Opera" and American Girl
My daughter, Kimberly, and I had an incredible mini vacation last weekend in Pasadena. My sister, Kim Hillis, drove us straight to American Girl in Los Angeles, as this is one of Kimberly's favorite places. We looked at dolls and got the Kit Kittredge and Chrissa DVDs and had lunch at the restaurant there. Our last night in Pasadena, we attended "Phantom of the Opera" at the Pantages Theatre. It was a wonderful production and Kimberly has been singing the songs ever since! I got a great creative surge from this trip. Upon returning to Aptos, I painted two multi-figure oil paintings in one night which I will post soon (they're still wet in the studio).
I always wanted to be an artist. I love the materials of art: the firmness of a hog bristle brush, the creamy thickness of oil paint, the texture of bark paper, the smell of plaster. I love stepping into the mystery of creation; not knowing what is going to happen and being astonished by the image that emerges. I'm drawn to exploring the reaches of the
imagination and the orphaned off parts of the self. I like to see what bubbles up from the unconscious mind.