"Splash: Blue/Orange" 30"x40" Latex house paint on canvas, destroyed.
This painting was in the my first ever splash series my junior year at Moore and was exhibited at my first gallery opening in Old City. (to see the whole painting at the show, http://theartblog.org/2006/11/novembers-first-friday/) My painting was destroyed in 2010 when I left it at a friend’s house as a gift, and when I recovered it I was absolutely crushed. Not only was it knifed into pieces, there were stab wounds all over the canvas, and impossible to repair. I decided it needed to be totally redone into a new painting.
"Resurrection," 20"x24" Latex house paint canvas glued onto stretched canvas. Sides painted red.
I was able to recreate a smaller version of the old painting by cutting and gluing the old painting together in a star shaped pattern, melding colors and patterns into a new sunburst painting. I felt like I was stitching together my tattered past to create a more beautiful future.
"Resurrection" detail, showing rip marks
"Resurrection" detail, showing jagged edges
"Resurrection" detail, showing rip marks
Its been almost five years since I started a “splash revolution” and called it mine. For my entire young artistic life, I painted and studied the anatomy of the body, the perfection of architecture and landscape of the Renaissance, and the color theory of the Ashcan School while envying their realism and precision and trying to copy it in my own style. All through high school and my first two years of college my formal training was about the human body, landscape perspective, how to draw what I see in front me, and training an artistic eye. I loved the realism, practically got a body high off of making a drawing or painting realistic enough to touch.
Sharon 2004, 12"x18" oil on canvas
But then, at age 20 I went through a traumatic family event, so frustrated with myself and my situation that the beautifully crafted lines and sensitive colors of my previous artwork seemed meaningless to me. I needed real emotion, real physical movements. I sat in my studio for days, staring at the canvases and brushes before me. They didn’t seem like the right tools to create art. As deadlines were approaching for critiques, I got so mad and frustrated with myself I took gesso paint and threw it at the canvas violently. It was beautiful! Perfect! This was the way I was going to get my emotions out on canvas. I finished three paintings in the span of 3 hours, and didn’t stop until I ran out of canvases and had to make new ones. Below are two of the first paintings I ever did in this style – and are some of the most raw emotionally to me.
Splash 1, 8"x12", oil and gesso on canvas
Splash 1 (Red), 8"x12" Oil and gesso on canvas
I’ll continue uploading some old paintings from my college years to fill space and show what kind of background my artwork has come from. Also, my life recently has been consisting of reading, writing, studying, not very fun subject matter to upload photographs of. Should have some new hospital stories soon, I will be working a few shifts in the ER next and hopefully have some new eventful stories. Thank you again for reading!
Some of my best work is done FAST. When you rely on visceral emotions and feelings instead of premeditated designs something uniquely different always comes out. Some good, some not so good, and some I wish I never did. However, all of them push me towards new growth. I think the thing that keeps drawing me towards the splash is the initial randomness and chance (unconsciousness) coupled with growing a composition out of the abstract (consciousness). How Miro of me…
Playing with splashes again, I worked on this pair of small, intimate paintings with the intention of finding a new hybrid of butterfly imagery and abstract splashing. Fun experiment.
Butterfly Shadows (Yellow) 5"x5", acrylic and oil on stretched canvas
Butterfly Shadows (Orange) 5"x5", oil and acrylic on stretched canvas
I am still working on a large gold leaf mandala painting, similar to Butterfly Geometry (Red and Gold), but much larger and much more detailed. It’s been staring at me through my glass table while I’m doing my Biology, Nutrition, Psychology and Precalculus homework, calling me to finish it. Hopefully I’ll get some time this weekend to pull out the paints and get some therapeutic artwork done.
The second of the Chromatic series, I’m working on a few more to push the idea farther since the overwhelmingly positive response to Chromatic (Gray). Again, having a great time with the abstract and random quality of the splashy environment for the butterflies. What do you think?
August 2010: Chromatic (Black)
Chromatic (Black) 6"x12", acrylic and oil on canvas
Going back to the safe, fun and fulfilling art of the splash, I had an absolute blast completing this pretty painting. Feels almost too easy to paint in the abstract environment of the splash, I wanted to go back to something familiar and easy to get my artistic gears running again. Hope you all enjoy!
August 2010: Chromatic (Gray).
Chromatic (Gray) 6"x12", oil on canvas.
So starting on this theme of Geometry and Nature, this is my first attempt to figure out how the heck am I going to make a stained glass window? As you can see, I got a little sidetracked with the pretty colors and pretty stars and just went with the flow. Have I ever mentioned that I love pretty and shiny things? Fortunately, it was a successful detour, and one of the most fun I’ve had in a while with my artwork.
Completed July 2010: Stellar. Photography by Alice Marie Photography.
12"x12", Oil, gesso, graphite and marker on wood, available for sale from Melissia Elisa Studios.
The background of this painting might look slightly familiar – never sold the entire triptych, and they became a wonderful background for some new experiments. This is a local butterfly of the Orlando, FL area, where my uncle and new aunt just got married, couldn’t think of a better wedding present. My artwork is scattered all over my extended family’s walls as “investment.” If I judge my artwork sales accordingly, they will be worth… a bit more than they do currently. Come on auction sales experience, don’t fail me now!
Completed 2010: White Peacock Butterfly.
12"x12", gesso and oil on wood, gifted.