Thursday, January 31, 2008

Deer Portraits











Don’t they look like they are just begging for their pictures to be taken?

Sunset

Here is the evolution of last night’s setting sun:











I hope I’m not boring you with my recent onslaught of sunset imagery; but I can’t seem to get enough. It’s probably because I miss my Wild Flowers and the sun seems to be the only real color Mother Nature has to offer in New England at this time of year. Whatever the case, it is where my head is (in the clouds as usual), so I thought I’d share. It seems significant that I take that moment every evening to observe Mother Nature’s spectacle, the brilliant display never fails to captivate me. It is beautiful and ever changing; inspirational, don’t you think?

A Woman Worn



Poor Snow Woman has taken a beating from the weather the past week and a half. However, I find beauty in her destruction; the wearing, the melting, the weathering in general fascinates me. It’s all very deep and symbolic, so in tune with my passion for the cycle of life. Besides, I can relate to the *woman worn* as I’m still dealing with the remains of a pretty nasty sinus infection.

Before she fades away, I thought I’d share one last picture; here is Snow Woman in her glory, as Ambassador of the Exalted Beauty Queendom, greeting our land's finest citizens in the pre-dawn light:

Monday, January 28, 2008

Exalted Beauty: Morgan



“Exalted Beauty: Morgan”

By Amy E. Fraser
Acrylic Painting, 10” x 13” on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

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Exalted Beauty: Greta



“Exalted Beauty: Greta”
By
Amy E. Fraser
Acrylic Painting, 10” x 13” on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

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EXALTED BEAUTY GALLERY

Beautiful Doe





Flock





Sunset





Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Exalted Beauty: Gianna



“Exalted Beauty: Gianna”

By Amy E. Fraser
Acrylic Painting, 10” x 13” on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

Exalted Beauty: Kendall



“Exalted Beauty: Kendall”

By Amy E. Fraser
Acrylic Painting, 10” x 13” on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

Exalted Beauty Announcement and Gallery Update

I’ve updated the EXALTED BEAUTY GALLERY with 8 NEW paintings!

Most of you know this, but it occurred to me with today's Exalted Beauty Gallery update that I should make an “Official Announcement” about my decision to let go of the Exalted Beauty Limited Edition Lithograph project. I completely lost interest in the art print concept in 2006 when I became obsessed with making the Exalted Beauty Medallions. Apparently I forgot to update the painting gallery and let you all know where I stood on that. Sorry! I hope no one is too disappointed?

Tapestry Gallery Update

I just added the 6 new Tapestry paintings to the TAPESTRY GALLERY

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Purging *Duplicity*

Despite finally being able to spend an afternoon outside with Caden yesterday, I’m still feeling pretty awful. The vomit flu evolved into a serious head cold and I’m currently suffocating under pounds of mucus. It’s fabulous. Needless to say, I plan to take it easy for a bit longer. But, in the meantime, I thought I would keep you busy by sharing the painting series I mentioned a while back. Do you remember when I showed you this picture?



It was a *hint* as to my series in progress (before I got completely distracted/overwhelmed by new medallion collections, parties, the holidays and such).

The series is called DUPLICITY.

Defining Duplicity:

Fraudulence: a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
Deception; trickery; double-dealing.
Doubleness; a twofold state.
Acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another
Doubleness of heart or speech; insincerity; a sustained form of deception which consists in entertaining or pretending to entertain one of feelings, and acting as if influenced by another; bad faith.

Here are the finished Duplicity pieces:



Currently Untitled 1 [Duplicity Series]
By
Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting [Torn Paper, Sand, Acrylic Paint] on 18” x 24” 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.



Currently Untitled 2 [Duplicity Series]
By
Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting [Torn Paper, Sand, Acrylic Paint] on 18” x 24” 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.



Currently Untitled 3 [Duplicity Series]
By
Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting [Torn Paper, Sand, Acrylic Paint] on 18” x 24” 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.



Currently Untitled 4 [Duplicity Series]
By
Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting [Torn Paper, Sand, Acrylic Paint] on 18” x 24” 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.



“Currently Untitled 5” [Duplicity Series]
By
Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting [Paper, Sand, Acrylic Paint] on 18” x 24” 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

The concept of the Duplicity painting series is a culmination of dream-state memories merged with real life memories and emotions associated with women’s social behavior. These memories derive from any number of moments experienced in the society of women (starting with high school through today, working in a club of mostly women, segregated social events, etc.). My goal was to create a realm in which the observed becomes the observer. The focus is on the woman’s gaze, where the viewer is not just voyeur but participator because it remains unclear if the subjects are unaware of our gaze, or if we are to be fooled by their performance of emotion. On some level, I was attempting to compare the social scenes of women to a war front where battles are done with gossip, scandal and deceit. I also have a strong connection to the concept of feminine duality; literally represented here as twins (you may note this is a reoccurring theme in my earlier work). My goal was to demonstrate a multitude of aspects related to womanhood; our inner and outer selves and the conflict that duality causes within. Expressing the dual nature of femininity, a flux; good and evil, love and hate, compassion and disregard and of human nature in general. The series title: Duplicity seems to articulate all of the above.

The primary focus of the Duplicity pieces is on the facial expressions and body language, the silent means of feminine communication and interaction. The paintings represent impressions of emotions more then a record of actual events. These are not meant to be portraits of specific people, which hopefully will explain the stylistic departure into these somewhat simplified uniform self portraits with an obvious lack of my *trademark* decoration, jewelry and detail. I depicted them *thus*, so that the viewer could focus on the raw emotional aspect (similar in style to early work I shared last Fall). Rather then celebrating women, as is my primary goal with the Exalted Beauties, these Duplicity pieces lean toward the darker side of femininity, expressing the natural ease of which poisonous words and gossip are dispensed, fragile alliances are formed, and enemies are earned and collected. You will observe that while these twin figures are apparently inseparable; there is an obvious distrust and detachment. Something sinister lies beneath the surface of their relationship. The figures remain symbolic because I would not want anyone in particular to feel accused of extreme bitchiness. Even though I strongly believe that we as women are ALL guilty of these moments on occasion; if one can not imagine oneself as either victim or victimizer in at least a few of these pieces, they are probably not female.

The Duplicity painting series consists of 12 images (7 not shown here because they are unfinished). When I first I imagined the Duplicity pieces, I saw them in a room surrounding the viewer as in a cocktail party setting. I think the 12 need to be viewed at once in order to convey the intended message. So why not wait to share these once I have finished the set? Why was I compelled to share the first 5 pieces right now? Quite frankly, I’m over it. This really is a purging for me. The paintings are large (and overly ambitious considering the time constraints of full time motherhood) and after the lengthy time separation, my passion for the series has dwindled. Having the paintings hanging here in the studio looking at me, waiting for me to finish them, has been negatively affecting me and making it difficult to move on. Don’t get me wrong, I still have an interest in the concept and think it deserves further exploration but I’m not *there* right now. I’ve moved beyond the mental space in which the series was conceived and I can’t seem to make myself go back to complete them. So in order to move on to new projects, I need a clean slate. I feel the need for exposure/closure before I put the paintings into storage. That’s where you come in; I need you to bear witness. So thank you for unintentionally participating in my mental cleansing. :)

Next on the agenda, NEW PAINTINGS, but with out series restrictions; no more matched sets! For quite some time now I have felt like the execution of the coordinating pieces done in bulk has been damaging my creativity, dampening my imagination and draining my joy in the creation process. When I did it to myself again with the recent Exalted Beauties, it was the last straw. So one of my many goals for the New Year is to break free from the self imposed brainwashing I went through during my unfruitful venture into the art publication world. I’m going to MAKE myself work on ONE painting at a time rather then my usual process of brainstorming a concept, drawing out a series of sketches, redefining, reworking and then painting the series all at once. Sounds simple right? Well it should be, but old habits die hard. Wish me luck! I’m hoping this one at a time thing will produce better, more satisfying work and give me less overall stress.


I’ll be back when I have something to share!

Snow Woman

This is how Caden and I spent our afternoon yesterday:






Tuesday, January 15, 2008

May Day! May Day!

I want to thank everyone for their thoughtful and supportive comments about the paintings and my competition submission. I sincerely appreciate it! I was experiencing a serious case of insecurity and indecision. My confusion and frustration might have also been the beginning symptoms of this really awful bug I’m currently suffering from. I’m a wreck! Completely non-functional. But despite wanting to crawl in a hole and die, with your support, I managed to pick a set of 3 from the recent Exalted Beauties: Jane, Lucy and Audrey. I chose these because it seemed as if people were favoring Lucy. And honestly, despite Judy Chicago’s book “The Dinner Party” being one of the awards, I just wasn’t ready to make the *vagina statement* with my Cervical Cancer paintings. So, in logical financial terms, I went with Jane and Audrey because they seemed to make a match set with Lucy as center. You know, thinking positively in an optimistic world, where N.A.W.A. picks more then one painting and the gods send a buyer who just can’t live with out the set!

Anyway, I had the application ready to go and even crawled into the post office to mail it in this morning, but as I walked up to the window I realized I left my wallet next to the computer. Duh, no sleep and medicine head! Bad combo. But the post office lady was kind enough to weigh my SASE and application packet so that I could put stamps on it at home (with the intention of sending it off with the Mr. tomorrow). Yay! A deadline has been met and a weight has been lifted!

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. I’m off to recover from this retched flu, but before I go, I thought I’d share a touching mother and son moment from this afternoon. As I was praying into the loo, my son knocks on the door and happily asks “Are you throwing up Mama?”, “Yes Caden (simultaneously the inner voice speaks: “Yes Satan!”)”, he not so sympathetically replies “Awe Gross Mama!” and stomps gleefully down the hall hollering “May Day! May Day!” Alert the troops, Mama’s down! Time to party. Naughty, naughty child. But at least He is feeling better!

When I come back I think I’ll be doing some purging of another kind. Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The New Exalted Beauties

I just completed the new Exalted Beauty portrait paintings.
Here they are:



Exalted Beauty: Lucy
By
Amy E. Fraser
8” x 8” Acrylic Painting on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper



Exalted Beauty: Claire
By
Amy E. Fraser
8” x 8” Acrylic Painting on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper



Exalted Beauty: Jane
By
Amy E. Fraser
8” x 8” Acrylic Painting on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper



Exalted Beauty: Audrey
By
Amy E. Fraser
8” x 8” Acrylic Painting on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper



Exalted Beauty: Tegan
By
Amy E. Fraser
8” x 8” Acrylic Painting on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper



Exalted Beauty: Faith
By
Amy E. Fraser
8” x 8” Acrylic Painting on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper

What do you think?

The Fallback Plan

Wondering what my fallback plan was?
Nothing says Feminist Art like something happening to a woman’s vagina, right?
Here are the 4 abstract pieces based on microscopic views of the Cervical Cancer virus that I painted in late October 2007:



Cervical Cancer Virus 1
By
Amy E. Fraser
8” x 10” Acrylic Painting on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper



Cervical Cancer Virus 2
By
Amy E. Fraser
8” x 10” Acrylic Painting on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper



Cervical Cancer Virus 3
By
Amy E. Fraser
8” x 10” Acrylic Painting on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper



Cervical Cancer Virus 4
By
Amy E. Fraser
8” x 10” Acrylic Painting on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper

So, honestly, what do you think? Paintings of Cervical cancer are definitely edgy and controversial. They make a statement and they meet the size requirement. The content is venue appropriate, but am I really ready to put that out there, I mean, beyond the blog? Is *this* who I want to be known for as an artist? I’m not so sure. Its one thing to get it out in the moment of the experience, but it would be a hard path to continue on while I’m healing. All that negative visualizing may have adverse effects to my psyche. Ugh. I’m so conflicted.

Winter Botanicals

What does one do to cure Croup? Fresh, cool, moist air; its magic! That’s what the doctor’s say anyway. Here are some Winter Botanicals I photographed while out attempting to cure Caden’s Croup:















Caden is slowly getting better but I had very a hard time keeping him outside this week, despite the unseasonably warm weather. In fact, on this day he was promised the last fresh baked cookie if he would stay outside “for a long time”. I tried to stress that the air would magically make him feel better, but he’s 4 so that had absolutely no impact. It was soon apparent that he and I have different definitions of the word *long*, because while I was in the meadow shooting the images above, he snuck back in the house to gobble his reward! So naughty!