Friday, June 10, 2011

What I have been up to...

I have been very distracted, and very inspired for the past two months and all this has amounted to a new body of work. Maybe you remember these? They were taken during the first stage of development.
After many....many... many long days, weeks, and months I have finally finished a group of paintings that I am really proud of. Here are three new pieces from my "Pyrotechnics" series. These paintings are named and inspired by fireworks and nostalgia. These is an explosion of color in this series as well as an optical illusion of moment in the forms. I image these pieces could be sold separately or they are very dramatic all together in one trio.
Boomer Ladycrackers 20x20 acrylic and mixed media
Headbomb Crackers 20x20 acrylic and mixed media
Whooping Crackers 20x20 acrylic and mixed media
Here are three more paintings from the "Pyrotechnics" series. These mixed media and acrylic paintings are a combination of vintage and made doilies as well as very fine glitter. Did you know that every firework was named and designed to explode into different abstract flowers? 
The painted forms in these pieces give hints to specific floral forms with out trying to be exact representations. I love how the shapes and colors of the doilies are reminiscent of the abstraction of fireworks. The glitter becomes a literal translation of the idea.
Dynabomb 20x20 acrylic and mixed media on canvas
Electronic Bomb 20x20 acrylic and mixed media on canvas
Supercharged Thunderbomb 20x20 acrylic and mixed media on canvas
It was a lot of hard work but it was worth it. I am really excited by this new body of work. Something finally clicked, once that Michigan Winter was gone and the sun came out so did my inspiration. What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts, even if they are just about how much you love fireworks!


  1. aletha, your work blows me away. i love your use of color and the texture that the doilies give your work. love love love!

  2. Thanks Sarah! You spend so much time alone in your studio working on things that it is nice to hear what others think. Especially when they are kind words!

  3. Very creative in the best sense of the word!!