A New Perspective

“When we stop looking for something and just see what’s in front of us – that’s when we can really start to be creative.” -Dan Baumbach

Collage 2012 (10×8)

I cleaned out my studio last weekend. My studio is a 10×14 extra bedroom that can easily be overcome by clutter. The great thing about this room is it has two deep closets. My husband removed the doors of the closets and installed shelving. What a difference! While going through everything I found the above collage I created in 2012 about the time I first started painting. I was just learning about my materials and how to use them. This piece is on a small birch panel using acrylics with some collaged elements. It has been buried in the closet for the last 6 years. I could have tossed it — but instead —

Listen To Your Mother (10×8)

I decided to use it and make a new painting on top of what was already there. Sometimes when I start a painting I forget how important a rich background can be. This is a great reminder to spend more time building up the layers.

What do you think?

“Art is not just ornamental, an enhancement of life. It is a path in itself, a way out of the predictable and conventional — a map to self discovery.” -Gabrielle Roth

About Judy Shreve

Blogging for me is like keeping a journal which I have done in various forms since I can remember. But what's great about this format is it offers an opportunity to explore all the things that interest me as an artist with others. Blogging seems to strengthen that sense of being part of both something personal and something universal. It takes the journaling idea and expands it through visitor's comments creating a valuable dialog that connects us to each other no matter where we live. I enjoy responding to each comment and warmly welcome your visits. email: judyshreve at mac dot com
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4 Responses to A New Perspective

  1. Lisa Graham says:

    I love what you did with your abstract Judy. Your art is always full of rich, beautiful, glowing, layering. I have used old canvases also and have many many more in a stack I intend to use as I create. It is so much better than tossing them.

    Have a great day!

    • Judy Shreve says:

      Thank you Lisa. I almost feel like it’s cheating when I find one of those abandoned paintings. So much fun to paint over them. Can’t wait to see what you do with your stack!

  2. Charlene says:

    Your painting was developing its patina and presented itself to you when it was ready for your return. The piece now has a full and rich story. Lovely.

    • Judy Shreve says:

      That’s the way to look at it! I do love to start a new painting on top of another — sometimes covering up the old painting entirely & then sanding & scratching through to reveal parts of its history – and then adding a new story. Thanks for your comments Charlene!

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