Mommy Mayhem: 65 Layers Painted #2, 2021, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 18”
This colorful painting of abstracted dogs and toys in a landscape has red, yellow, purple, green, black, white, and blue multicolors with white showing through the background. My abstracted animal paintings are based on loose, gestural sketches of the same stuffed animals and toys in different positions. I have painted and sketched these particular stuffed animals from life on many occasions so am familiar with their shapes and forms. I initially paint the forms of the toy bunny rabbits, then push the image further into abstraction. In the painting process, I work to alter the forms, light, colour saturation, and depth of space in the paintings.
Thins layers of paint allowed me to build up thin layers and texture, then I adjust luminous oil paint on top to bring out certain colours. Over multiple painting sessions I worked to create variety in the shapes, lines, planes and spatial depth. The bright and fun colours come from the overwhelming children’s toys that fill my home.