Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The May 2016-The Art League Show

Ebb and Flow
by Jane McElvany Coonce

The Art League, located in the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, is having their monthly juried show.  I entered an abstract piece and was lucky to be chosen.  I'm not an abstract painter, and this is actually the last abstract I ever plan to do.  It's too damn hard!  I'm not one to paint and let the painting lead me to where it wants to go.  I'm more of a planner.  Anyway, I was working on this piece, and I tried to lift some color out of a spot where I didn't mean to put it.  When I did, it looked like a stone under water.  So I decided to lift more, until I had many stones.  So maybe there are rocks and seashells in this piece, too.  I really don't know.  It just happened after much fussing and aggravation. I do like the colors, though.  It was a total experiment. I'm glad the juror liked it enough to put it into the show.

The May show at The Art League  will hang for the month of May.  If you are down in Old Town, stop by and see the show.  And when you see my piece, you'll know that you are witnessing the last abstract I ever plan to do.  I must admit through life experiences, that one should never say never.



1 comment:

  1. I completely agree. You would think that abstracts would be freeing, but it is rather the opposite for me. I love how you started talking about rocks or shells. I do that in my abstract work too. My pieces are always a landscape or some scene once I'm done, because my brain tries so hard to decipher it!

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