Thursday, July 31, 2008
My latest self portrait. It was shown in the Springville Salon 2008, Utah. A lot of my paintings are a process of expressing my frustrations. This one, in particular I almost titled "Inspiration", but settled on "Through the Lens: a self portrait". I remember thinking about how many expectations I feel are on me as a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend. Possibly self-imposed. But a hard juggling act anyway. A newspaper article about a Frida Kahlo show that came through Utah is partially in the background and a postcard of one of my favorite artists I found when I was living in Iowa, MK Misol- a painting of a spanish dancer. A homage to women that have inspired me creatively. I love how personal and raw Kahlo's paintings are. And Misol's paintings seem so immediate and spontaneous. This painting is large for me at 24 x 36" and was a nice one to live with for a while. I think I won't sell this one just yet, after the show I will bring it home and hang it in a dark hallway....? I think it looks like me, hard to tell.