Subject Tags: abstract expressionism
Size: 36"W x 24"H x 16"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
I first did a small painting to work out the idea I had been thinking about for a while this came about in April 2017. I used watercolor paper mounted on cardboard. I did that painting with a black marker and white and black acrylic paints and water to mixed the shading. I used the idea of a blood red background with shaded gray strands swimming in a deep red. After doing the smaller painting. I was so happy with what I came up with. I decide to expand on the idea and use a much larger canvas (3x2ft.). This time for, "Strands, Number Two". I changed a couple things, I did not use a black marker and also put a very light red center in the picture, to give more depth. Also the paint goes around the corners of the canvas so it can be place on a wall without a frame. I really like how this came out, and it looks studding on hanging on wall.
I have lived in Colorado most of my life. The last 40 years I have lived in the Fort Collins area near the foot hills of the Rocky Mountains, very beautiful place. I really became interested in art and painting in high school. Then in the late 1970's, I enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and spent 6-years on ships mostly on the west coast. During my time in the Coast Guard I began drawing and painting again. So after getting out of the military I went to college and studied Art . I hoped I could make a living from selling my art. Not a very piratical idea. So I started working in manufacturing , and to my surprise my art work was a great help with that kind of work, in problem solving mostly. So I painted a little at home over the years, but mostly for myself. After retiring I have the time to start painting again. I haven't shown many of my painting except to friends. I thought it would be interesting to see what other people think of my work.