A little while back I wrote about my latest work being focused on ghosts and exploring what a ghost might represent. I’ve just completed my latest painting called Heart Strings II:
This one was a bit more personal and pushed me as an artist in some new ways- conceptually and technically. As I thought about the past and childhood, I thought about when I was young and how I imagined who I was at that moment and how this perception of who I saw myself as has changed over time- probably dozens and dozens of times. Here is a close up of part of the painting:
I don’t think we entirely let go of these perceived selves and I thought about how much a part of me these versions of me have been and still are- good and bad. I’m really enjoying this direction and kind of just going with it. Trilobites have slowly made their way into my work as well – I’m fascinated by these creatures and their shapes. In it’s own way it too is a ghost from the past…
So I’ve been working on another series- for the last few years I’ve been exploring the idea of ghosts and the possibilities they may represent. It seems that I keep getting lured back into drawing ghosts in different ways and drawing them is so appealing that I never get tired of it- in fact, I just get more pulled into drawing them.
And a disclosure…I didn’t mean to do this series near Halloween and in fact I began painting this series during the summer without Halloween on the brain at all. Maybe it’s fitting I release the first paintings in the fall but certainly these ghosts are a bit different than the Halloween kind!
Ghosts are symbolic of the past, memory, perhaps unfulfilled lives, hauntings, melancholy, a representation of what once was, nature/unnatural, sadness, growth, the unexplained, among many other things. There is something I love about mystery and all things unexplained; you’ll see that crop up in my work in a variety of ways. These are the things swirling in my head these days and so you have my latest series of paintings, ghosts. These two paintings are the start of this series; there are prints of these two available on my shop with more to come soon. I have another ghost painting in process and we’ll see where this takes me. This is just one part of my ghost exploration- sometimes the ghosts take different shapes and forms but this is where I am at the moment.