“The shattering of a heart when being broken is the loudest quiet ever.” – Carroll Bryant
Everyone is working to adapt to a changing situation right now, and my art is no exception.
Until COVID-19 my focus was on abstracts in alcohol inks. You might not know it, but one material that is required to create the wonderful movement and flow of inks, is isopropyl alcohol. Due to COVID-19, rubbing alcohol (= isopropyl alcohol) is urgently required for disinfection in hospitals, as well as in professional and home environments. Shelves in drug stores are empty - it's almost impossible to come by, and I really don't want to use urgently needed health supplies for my art.
Being away from my normal tools and material has forced me to get even more creative. I’ve spent the last couple of months adapting my creative process to what has been available to me, and I have to say, I’m pretty excited about the results.
Instead of working with alcohol inks and painting abstracts, I’ve been working with acrylics and focused on expressionism portraits in non-traditional colors.
It's been a real eye-opener, as I realized how much I enjoy painting expressive faces and bringing them to the canvas. I’m digging deep into human emotions of loneliness, grief, and pain.
This new series of paintings can seem stark and almost depressing to some - but I prefer to think of them as thoughtful, provocative, and insightful. I named the series "Broken Heart".
So while we all are continuing to shelter in place, I'll continue to create this collection of works, and I hope you can feel them as much as I do.
Sometimes it's hard to see it, but I found that there's always a silverlining ... for me, it's the discovery of my love for expressionism portraits.
As always, all of my paintings are available for purchase. You can find them here. (I have to admit that I'm a little bit behind with uploading my newest pieces. But I'm planning to list them this weekend).
Can't find what you're looking for? Contact me, and we can discuss whether a commission is an option for you.
If you want to see my current work in progress and behind the scenes looks, I invite you to take a look at my Facebook page.
As always, requests for commissions are welcome.
PS. I should mention that I also started a new series of monochromatic paintings. Just like the Broken Heart series, they also show deep emotions. In this new collection I'm focusing on how body language is able to express our feelings.
Here is one example of the new "Poise" series, "That Silent Voice". It is about falling down seven times and the decision to gather all your strength to get up for the eighth time, and it shows the exact moment between defeat and perseverance.
Credit for inspiration photos:
1. Photo by Rene Asmussen from Pexels
2. Photo by Sarah Driscoll on Unsplash
3. Photo 106195042 © Volodymyr Melnyk - Dreamstime.com
4. Photo 16255147 © Dontcut - Dreamstime.com
5. Photo by Ali Yahya on Unsplash