• acrylic painting, 20" round canvas

    Five Paintings about Change

    I wrote this statement within minutes of putting the last brush strokes on the canvas. This series of five paintings was inspired by life’s experiences and the chapter illustrations that I created for my mother’s book Love the Brave World.

    These paintings have truly taken me on another spiritual journey. As with the kaleidoscope series of prints, music helped to transport me to the inner world of my painting.

    All five paintings use the metaphor of hands, a tree and elements of weather and nature to express feelings about different stages of life: young love, family life, illness, death and renewal beyond grief. It is comforting to reflect that many aspects of life, repeat this cycle of beginning, growth, deterioration, loss and beginning again.

    The seasons will always change. A catastrophic event or a brush with mortality is a drastic change. A new insight, a different experience, a book, or a chance conversation with a stranger or someone we know also changes us in some small way. We are not the same person tomorrow that we are today.

    Change can be exciting, wonderful, enlightening, unsettling, and sometimes frightening and painful. Change is always a part of our lives. When I am experiencing "Darkening Skies" and feeling "Tears of Rain", change can be a blessing. I try to remember that I will not stay in that dark place because change will take me to a different "place" and the hands of those who care about me will help me to find "Clearing Skies" and new beginnings again.

    Media: I enjoy the flexibility of painting with acrylics. I also appreciate the simple speedy cleanup with water. Another advantage is that the acrylics dry quickly, unless I choose to add retardant to the paint. I lay out a palette with transparent media, gel media and several mixed colors before starting to paint so that I can work spontaneously with the brushes. A plastic ice cube tray gives me plenty of clean compartments of water for cleaning my brushes. A tall plastic container of water keeps the paint from drying on my brushes and palette knife when I am not using them.

    I begin with a line drawing on the canvas, using a permanent marker. Then I thin the acrylics with mat medium and water to brush in the under-painting. This gives me the opportunity to play with areas of color in a general way and helps me to "warm up" and "loosen up". I can wipe off the paint while it is wet or add another layer of thin paint to change the hue. Then I work freely with the brush, building up a more opaque layer of paint. I also like the expressive nature of transparent brushstrokes and dry-brush to vary the surface. Using gel medium to thicken the paint to a buttery texture, allows me to add emphasis to selective areas of the painting. Although I paint mainly with the brush, I sometimes use a palette knife to build up the paint. 

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    Deepening Roots by Marian Osher ©2007
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  • acrylic painting, 20" round canvas
    Darkening Skies by Marian Osher ©2007
    600,600
  • acrylic painting, 20" round canvas
    Tears of Rain by Marian Osher ©2007
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  • acrylic painting, 20" round canvas
    Clearing Skies by Marian Osher ©2007
    600,600
  • Five Paintings about Change

    I wrote this statement within minutes of putting the last brush strokes on the canvas. This series of five paintings was inspired by life’s experiences and the chapter illustrations that I created for my mother’s book Love the Brave World. These paintings have truly taken me on another spiritual journey. As with the kaleidoscope series of prints, music helped to transport me to the inner world of my painting.

    All five paintings use the metaphor of hands, a tree and elements of weather and nature to express feelings about different stages of life: young love, family life, illness, death and renewal beyond grief. It is comforting to reflect that many aspects of life, repeat this cycle of beginning, growth, deterioration, loss and beginning again.

    The seasons will always change. A catastrophic event or a brush with mortality is a drastic change. A new insight, a different experience, a book, or a chance conversation with a stranger or someone we know also changes us in some small way. We are not the same person tomorrow that we are today.

    Change can be exciting, wonderful, enlightening, unsettling, and sometimes frightening and painful. Change is always a part of our lives. When I am experiencing "Darkening Skies" and feeling "Tears of Rain", change can be a blessing. I try to remember that I will not stay in that dark place because change will take me to a different "place" and the hands of those who care about me will help me to find "Clearing Skies" and new beginnings again.

    Media: I enjoy the flexibility of painting with acrylics. I also appreciate the simple speedy cleanup with water. Another advantage is that the acrylics dry quickly, unless I choose to add retardant to the paint. I lay out a palette with transparent media, gel media and several mixed colors before starting to paint so that I can work spontaneously with the brushes. A plastic ice cube tray gives me plenty of clean compartments of water for cleaning my brushes. A tall plastic container of water keeps the paint from drying on my brushes and palette knife when I am not using them.

    I begin with a line drawing on the canvas, using a permanent marker. Then I thin the acrylics with mat medium and water to brush in the under-painting. This gives me the opportunity to play with areas of color in a general way and helps me to "warm up" and "loosen up". I can wipe off the paint while it is wet or add another layer of thin paint to change the hue. Then I work freely with the brush, building up a more opaque layer of paint. I also like the expressive nature of transparent brushstrokes and dry-brush to vary the surface. Using gel medium to thicken the paint to a buttery texture, allows me to add emphasis to selective areas of the painting. Although I paint mainly with the brush, I sometimes use a palette knife to build up the paint.

    Artist's Statement About Change by Marian Osher ©2007
    609,790
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