It is ironic that I have in my soul, a laughable need to for solace, peace and quiet. I also have a flare for drama, and am drawn to life like a moth to the flame. Hence, I have never left for the proverbial cabin in the woods to find myself. I find myself watching life unfold around me in the midst of more noise than anyone should have to bare, or in my studio, following the flow of making art. Amidst the beautiful chaos of life, I am inspired…so my need for quiet comes before my coffee in the morning, for two minutes before my twin sons and two dogs wake up….the irony is, I probably could never function any other way. I suppose, I have evolved then?
I am fortunate to have found a medium to support my work style. I work hard when I am inspired, and daydream on new ideas when I am not. Working in acrylic paints, allows the medium to dry quickly, and allows me to move through an idea from concept to finish in a matter of days or weeks, instead of the usual months required for an oil painting to dry.
Maybe I am still immature, but I love the spontaneity of acrylics, and with all the new glazing mediums on the market today, the techniques employed is much like painting with oils. So Fun!!! I like to glue, tear, and torque my paintings, so the medium I have chosen allows for this type of experimentation. I love using charcoal, old papers and pastel pencils to enhance and rough up my images. I don’t like ultra refined, so I try to find old wood, and work with mediums that beat up and weatherize my supports, like gel mediums, and sand paper. Grit is good. Grit and color is better. Grit, color and soul…that is what I aim for. Falling short, is good for the morale, so that I can always seek that “thing”…I am searching for…. I am eternally grateful that those that find my work engaging and like the stories I have to share. ….
Thank you for stopping by to take a peak
Katharina Magdelana Short