The world being so large, and me being so wee, I haven't seen as much art as I would like, but I'm hungry for more. I've been fortunate enough to have gazed upon a handful of gorgeous art museums in Paris. Thankfully, the Getty is within my grasp as well; I'm there quite often. And besides that, every time I enter a new city my goal is to find the nearest and best (based on my taste and opinion) art galleries and exhibits.
Currently, my favorite artist is Mick Lestrade. I stumbled upon this creative genius at the weekly display of art among the beach at the lovely Santa Barbara. The first glimpse of Mick's work had my eyes begging for more. So I find myself in Santa Barbara whenever feasible just to flip through his beautiful interpretations of this world.
My darling boyfriend of mine purchased me one of Mick's paintings for my last birthday. I wake up every morning just titillated at the sight of it. As you can see, one of Mick's techniques is to simpley thrust paint splatters among a canvas and then he finds the picture from the splatter...GENIUS! I adore the man (the most charming little French man you'll ever meet) and all of his work.
Now, in the past I haven't been a large fan of exposing my paintings to the general public, for the plain reason of I felt it too exposing. My paintings are the chaos of my life and my attempt to impose order, so I thought the process of sharing to be all too revealing. But then in Meisner class last week I had a revelation (hard to believe, I know). Markus was talking about how the point of art is to share, to help other people learn and to grow (hence my statement made concerning the world being a better place if more art were to be swapped around) and that it was even selfish to keep one's art to himself. So here I go Markus! These are a few of my paintings...
This one is an ode to Mick. He has a similar one, but instead with a caucasian person holding an ice-cream cone (mine is cotton candy).