I was preparing several art pieces and finishing furniture for 2 upcoming Exhibits, an art show in Urbanna, VA, and an art reception at a local winery from March-May-- one by one, all were canceled.
So, not really sure what to do next, I somehow ended up at the art store while on my way to the studio. I just wanted to look at the empty canvases and see if anything stuck me. Sometimes even a blank canvas will inspire me; the size, the potential, the excitement of bringing a white backdrop to life.
The inspiration was numb; like it was asleep. I had struggled with inspiration before, but this was different. I picked 2 36 x 36 canvases, bought them on sale, and loaded them in my car, like I have done so many times before; but this time, it was different.
The drive to the studio was silent, along with my thoughts; no music or news on in the background, just the bewilderment of everything going on.
As I removed the plastic and got out the silver, payne's grey, gold and black, I started to paint the base, I just started to go through the motions, doing what I have done so many times before; but this time, it was different--the numbness wouldn't go away,
I started to paint because I must! I must record the timeline March-April 2020 as no one saw it coming.
The Impact Series was started on March 22, 2020, and completed on April 3, 2020.
This series speaks boldly in deep blues and blacks--all against the light. I have never used black as a base in my work, but I had to. I did not know how I was going to pull it all together, but there had to be black, dark black, against black. And most specifically the first one I painted which originally was titled Impact, now titled 'Rebuild the Light' 36 x 36 the blacks, darks, are separate from the light, as not to infect the light. These paintings represent darkness against hope, and joining together, apart, for healing, for answers. The hope is much bigger than the darkness, and the overall view of this Series 'Impact' is enlightening and inspiring.
I was once told by a gallery owner not to date my paintings. If it is an 'older' painting that hasn't sold it seems less desirable.
On these works the date is pivotal to the whole collection. They were created during a time, an unfortunate time of a century.
May we all seek refuge during this time.
loved ones, and cherish the quality time with them.
And may we pray.
'Rebuild the Light' The first piece created in the Series. Showing the contrast from darkness to light.
Light and hope is much bigger than the darkness. Although painted with intensity, numbness, and purpose Impact Series is intended to enlighten, encourage, and inspire.