Painting for Mom on Mother’s Day

Here is a painting I did last summer.  I made it for my mom and gave it to her on mother’s day.  I also made the frame, out of corner guard.  Corner guard can be found at hardware stores near the molding.  A miter-box, measuring twice cutting once, and screwing it up anyway, a serious amount of head-scratching, liquid nails, and some glue clamps, and I had a frame… that has not fallen apart yet.  Then I painted the frame too.  I thought the black and white both added to and contrasted nicely with the painting.

Mother's Day Painting

Mother's Day Painting, Acrylic on 12" x 9" canvas paper

The painting itself… is pretty much just a design of blocks that don’t stray too far from primary colors, but that are hanging in space from the top of the frame.  Sort of a sculpture, or a very colorful futuristic city, floating in the sky.  That’s what I had in mind when I painted it anyway.

I’d always heard that when painters give someone a painting as a gift, then see it later when they visit, that they often feel compelled to “fix” something or change some details.  That it can be hard to call it done.  So, with that in mind, I took a look at it as I was visiting last weekend, specifically to gauge my own reaction.  I didn’t want to change or fix anything — I wanted to start over completely!


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8 responses to “Painting for Mom on Mother’s Day

  1. Jim

    Every painting is a statement about the artist as he was at that time — and should therefore be left as is, as a record!

    • That’s true. This is the last painting I completed before I took a painting class last summer. Seeing it again now after the class made me realize I had actually learned *a lot* more than I thought I had.

  2. jcarlisle2622

    I look forward to seeing more. This one was particularly interesting to me. I love the curves in an otherwise rectangular world. I kind of feel like those curves a lot of the time.

    • Thanks! I’m glad you like it. The next one I’m thinking of posting (in progress) is what my idea of starting this one over morphed into. All right angles, all the time!

  3. I’d agree that the frame is what sets this apart. A clear and definitive boundary. (Hrm. After reading these statements, that’s a bit of a “duh”). Anyway, interesting, for some reason its asymmetry is very appealing.

    • Yeah, the frame added a lot more than I expected it to. Cool how that worked out. And yes again, the asymmetry was a big part of what I set out for with this one.

      Thanks again for all the thought provoking interpretations. Marcel Duchamp said “The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.” I firmly believe that there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ interpretations, at least of my work, and that anyone else’s interpretation is no less valid than my own, even as the artist. So, interpretations I had not thought of, feed my creative process. Keep ’em coming! 🙂

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I'd love to hear your thoughts and interpretations! Your comments and likes are what keep the paintings and posts coming. :)

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