Size: 36"W x 48"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
I painted this piece during a transitional time in my life but one where I felt a new sense of freedom on the horizon. I felt very "in the zone" on this one, and listened to music most of the time I painted as to not be distracted in my busy household. My inspiration in creating this piece was my painting instructor who wanted us to find a picture and zoom in on one section and blow it up, and mine was an image of a boat with war torn sails, hence the title. However, as I painted I thought less and less about the sail on a boat and more about the moonlike quality of the upper left corner. Oils are so wonderful to work with because they encourage flow and freedom and I never feel penned in, especially in an abstract work such as this. The black lines are like instrument strings and the holes in the sail like doves. My left brain oftentimes gets in the way but it was completely silenced as I worked on this painting.
My name is Liz and I am a mother of five and a children's photographer. I've always loved painting and graphic design, and have studied both over the years in between having children, along with drawing. Oil painting is my preferred method and while abstract pieces come more easily I enjoy a variety of subjects, including life drawing which I also studied along the way. I love nature, beautiful, shiny things, bold color and light. My other hobbies include swimming, biking and running, and I am an Ironman finisher. In addition to my 5 children, I have two Chorkies named Sabie and Pepper. I live in Central Illinois but plan to head for a warmer climate near the ocean once the kids are grown.