Size: 24"W x 12"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
On the title:
Lava speaks to the fiery area with yellow transitioning into red. The white lines are like a delicate filament of waves sitting on the surface. Each line is patiently painted by hand, evoking the feeling of lace on the purple which is then being engulfed when it encounters the red fire.
This piece took 40 hours to create over a period of about 3 months. The molding paste takes about two weeks to dry, and then the base layer of underpaint (the purple, red and yellow) takes another month to dry completely. After that I apply the white filament layer with a very small brush. This is the most time-consuming component, but it is also meditative and time goes by very quickly as I'm creating. This piece has particularly deep ridges, which makes it interesting to look at from different angles. Please message me if you would like to see photos of the painting from other angles.
My inspiration in creating this piece:
I wanted to create a larger texture piece with a yin and yang (balance) of both form and color. I wanted to explore further the motif of waves on a textured surface with colors that spoke to me.
A man walked into my studio while I was applying the underlayer of deep purple on this painting. I work in an art studio which is also a gallery, so people can watch me int he process of creation. The man said the deep purple layer reminded him of the sands of Bali, how when the lava hits the water it fragments into a thousand pieces creating black sand, which, with the reflection from the sky, transformed the water to a deep purple instead of the usual blue. Every time I look at this piece I think of this transformation; how beautifully delicate and explosive that transformation would be.
Jennifer Brewer Stone has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and English Literature from the University of Maryland College Park. She began painting full-time in 2008, and now works from Studio 227 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. She has participated in over 45 shows in the last 7 years painting full-time in the DC metro area. Her artwork has been featured in Élan magazine twice, and in The Washington Post. She was awarded a solo show at The Art League Gallery of Old Town Alexandria in July 2013 and was juried into the Torpedo Factory in March of 2012. She has been accepted into national and international juried shows for her work on her Dance of Life Series, including ArtKudos, Art Buzz, and the Richeson 75 Wildlife competition. Of her work, Stone says: My paintings are about connection--the connection between flowers, objects, colors, and ultimately our humanity. What links us all together. Jennifer S. Brewer Stone