After the Umpqua shooting last month, I was feeling very depressed, feeling voiceless and helpless. It then occurred to me that I have a voice with my paintings, and I belong to a talented group of women painters and challenged them to paint the theme of "gun" for this month. It understandably was not embraced fully by everyone, but some felt it was important and were glad for the opportunity to say something through their art. The loss of life, innocence, and peace is impacting us all, and we must take time to examine our values, individually, and as a society.
This month's "Girls Just Wanna Paint" challenge was "Paint Like a Famous Artist." I almost phoned it in with an existing painting that I could have kinda sorta said was in the spirit of Van Gogh, because it was...kind of. But then a funny thing happened as I was putting away stuff in my studio, I came across a Campbell's Soup can that I keep pencils and small brushes in and I thought...hmmm, I can think of TWO artists to whom I could credit this subject matter, of course Andy Warhol, and my late mentor, Ros Farbush...she painted any old container she found around the house, usually filled with flowers...I tried to paint in her ultra loose style.
I painted this while on an outing with a large group of painters from the South Shore of Boston visiting the North Shore Arts Association. It was a wonderful day with great people and many beautiful settings. This was one of my paintings.
As a challenge for "Girls Just Wanna Paint" for July, we had to use "Fog" as our subject. I considered painting natural fog, but it didn't interest me so much, then I thought of the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Foggy Bottom, but still not so much. Then, I decided to take it more to the figurative level.