Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~Henry Ward Beecher
I’m in the midst of creating a whole new series of work. In the past, I’ve always worked very large. A typical painting for me is usually 30 inches by 40 inches. But the other day, I had a 16 inch by 20 inch canvas in my studio and I began to paint. I got inspired to create a whole series of paintings at that size. It’s an interesting challenge for me. I’ve never worked this small before but I had been wanting to open an Etsy shop and I figured these smaller pieces might be just the way to get my Etsy shop up and running.
I’ve also been trying to infuse my work with lots of color. Using color can be tricky. Getting just the right combination of colors in harmony with each other takes a lot of practice. It hasn’t always been my strong suit. I’ve been bound and determined to improve my color work. I’m very attracted to bright color and am inspired by the strong, festive colors I see in Latin American art.
The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has always been a huge influence on me. The flowers and the colors I use in my paintings are in some ways influenced by her and her work. She had such a dedication to depicting deep, authentic emotion. I try to put my own spin on those themes.
My paintings have evolved over the years and the flowers have gotten more abstract but there are two things that remain constant in my paintings: eyes and poetry.
Eyes and Poetry
I am greatly moved by poetry and always have been. I use poetry in my work because the words give me the inspiration I need for the emotional expression in the eyes I paint. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul and I have always believed that. I put a huge emphasis on eyes. I want them to draw you in. I want you to feel something when you look at the women I paint. Maybe it’s love, maybe it’s pain, maybe it’s desperation.
There is thought and feeling behind each and every painting I create. I try to paint from my heart and I put a lot of myself into my work. I’ve always said that I believe art should tell stories and stir emotions. I think it’s true that every artist puts a little bit of his soul into his work therefore, every piece of art is unique. I hope my work touches people on a deeper level. How the viewer interprets my work is integral to each piece. If someone is moved by it, that, to me is what makes it all worth it. That’s where the magic happens.
The first three pieces in this series are available on Etsy. Here’s the link to my shop: ArtbyDeAnne. I already have two more in progress and plan to add a lot more to this series.