Friday, November 9, 2007

My Misplaced Wings


Pinch me. Am I really back to blogging? After better than a week of cloistering myself in the studio, I feel I may have lost my ability to discern what's real, what's imagined. Being knee-deep in paint for a prolonged period does that to me.

One thing did happen. I located those wings I'd misplaced a while back. They helped me fly into my work with a new focus. Although I seldom (if ever) feel I'm done with a painting, there comes a time when it's done with me. I give up and relinquish it to others' eyes.

This is one of the new: "My Misplaced Wings," mixed media on canvas, 30 inches by 24.

36 comments:

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

An angel doing the samba; gossamer wings outstretched, arms above her head, oblivious to everything but to the rhythimic pulse of life.

Vibrant, alive and sprinkled with wonder.

Alright, I'll forgive you for running out on us (this once). At least you've done your homework with a credit.

San said...

As long as I can squeeze in some extra points for effort. I'm pretty happy. I hadn't anticipated a report card "sprinkled with wonder." But hey, I'll take that one home.

Thank you, Ms. Scream.

self taught artist said...

this is very nice...an apparation (sp) of sorts and it looks mothy and chalky too like wings have battered against glass.
your colours ..... they get me in a good way.
love it!

San said...

Thanks, Paula. The "official" title I wrote on the back is "Apparition." I was torn between that and "My Misplaced Wings." The latter is more personal and perhaps a bit heavy (to some). "Mothy and chalky...like wings have battered against glass." What a poetic description.

CHEWY said...

Hi San,
Glad you're back. The Bugger comment was not for you. We like you. (smile)

Butterfly wings, ragged, well traveled and at the end of flight... who's scales sheen a bit metallic when the light hits just right.

San said...

Chewy, I was kidding about being caught in the "friendly fire." Thanks nonetheless for your further clarification.

"Ragged, well traveled, at the end of flight." Sounds like the way I feel after painting for several days.

I appreciate your comment, which is rather beautiful and apt.

Lisa said...

Glad you are back - I am enjoying your blog - I think about green chile every time I read it.

I love these vibrant colors. Glad you found your wings.

Meanie the baby dragon said...

San: u du duzt fin wiff undostandin baybee dwagun tawk! Dum peepow dont eevun twi tu undostan me. Dankz foh payntun dat picktow ov dwaygun fwi wingz cuz itz beeuteefow! Mee yike gween dwagun wingz duh bezt butt peenk wingz ah vewee niz!
Chuck

Celebration of Life said...

Very nice painting San! Someday when I get brave I will blog my art. I am not nearly as talented as you and Chewy and many others.

Lee said...

Lovely painting, San! Like Ms Shrink-Wrapped, I too see a female form in it.

At first, I saw a bustle or bow with huge tails hanging down from beneath the wings. Butterfly with party attire. :)

The figure became a girl when I noticed the head above it. The girl has lovely long, shining hair gathered in at the neck. Because of the framing effect of the red at the side and bottom, plus the textures of the top part, I keep thinking, "This was a blanket that was hung on a line and a huge square has been cut from it to form the wings." Our view is through the hole left behind as the girl/spirit with wings moves away. The blue with yellow speaks of an outside garden. If that girl is you, I don't think you're quite done putting the wings on. They seem to be transforming as you move away.

Welcome back to blogland. :)

JAXTER said...

Hi,
Just returning the favor of your visit to my blog, thanks... and wow, what a surprise! I am loving these wings - they have such a great texture, and of course the colors really appeal to me - I can't wait to explore some more and see what else you have going on...

HMBT said...

this does remind me of the last flight of a well worn out for this world butterfly. Love the color textures! Great work.

Daphne said...

So many good analogies and descriptions of this painting by fellow bloggers.

I wanted to add that I truly enjoy your saturated colours. They are refreshing and joyous. Your work is so feminine.

I think that it's having an effect on me San. Now that my living room is almost finished reno's I keep visualizing a large and saturated painting above my mantel.

murat11 said...

"Skeedly Beeka Gookity Woop" was inspired by "My Misplaced Wings" over at Murat11. Not the goofballs, but the beauty of the wings and wall. Peace.

San said...

Lisa, I always appreciate your well-wishing. Speaking of green chile, we went out for some last evening, about the time you were posting your comment. There must be a name for that--a kind of gustatory clairaudience.

San said...

Meanie, dat iz da tweetest tang a dwagon evuh sed. Tanks.

San said...

Jolene, courage goes a long way I think, when it comes to creativity. Thanks for the wonderful compliment.

San said...

As always, Lee, it is a delight to read your take on my paintings. You seem to see them as textile-like, as in your blanket hanging on a clothesline, with a wing-hole torn out. I was going for that, wanting the sense of the red peeking from behind as well as being on top. Don't you knit? Seems like your visual impressions of my paintings are informed by your own work--that's really cool.

San said...

Jaxter, thanks for stopping by. And thanks too for saying such nice things about my painting. I look forward to seeing more of your blog.

San said...

Heather, you have such mystical ways of seeing art. Love it! Thanks for your beautiful support.

San said...

Daphne: "refreshing and joyous...I think that it's having an effect on me..." Those are words I can play in my head on a "feeling lacklustre" day. Notice I spelled it (lacklustre) Canadian style.

San said...

Well, Paschal, I'm jazzed that the painting has inspired your own creation. I cannot wait to take a look...

QUASAR9 said...

Love it!

david mcmahon said...

G'day San,

I'm delighted that you've found those wings.

We're so lucky to have you among us.

Cheers

David

Camplin said...

A true flight of fancy. Nice image making and great conceptual abstract.

San said...

Quasar9,

Love your pictures too.

San said...

Hey David,

Thanks much for the well-wishing.

San said...

Camplin,

Thanks for dropping by again. So glad you like the painting.

david mcmahon said...

If you have the time one day, I'd like to read a post about who or what influenced your love of art.

Lee said...

Amen to that David. San, I think it's a great idea. I'd like to read it too.

Peace!

CHEWY said...

Usually I'm on my laptop... right now I'm on my work computer with a ViewSonic monitor and your paintings (well, everything, everywhere) looks sooo much better.

San said...

David, I'm sure I'll post about that one of these days. So many stories, so little time...

San said...

O.K., Lee, that makes two requests. I'm tempted. Look out. It may not be what you expected. :)

San said...

Chewy, I believe we all cringe when we see our paintings dumbed down digitally. I want all the surface interest in them, none in my profile picture--those wrinkles I'd like to spare you.

indicaspecies said...

Wow, an artist here. I've never been good in voicing out why I like something in art, I'm only able to admire it. Your misplaced wings are very beautiful, and I am delighted to be here.

You may wish to check out these colorful pictures on my space:

http://indicaspecies.blogspot.com/
2007/11/city-palace-jaipur.html

San said...

Celine, thanks for the visit. I looked at the photos. They are indeed beautiful. And I absolutely love the prayer wheel pictures.