Over the years my oil paintings have emerged in response to what's been going on in the world and my own psyche. When I paint, after sketching the “figures” onto the canvas in charcoal and getting comfortable with their relationship to one another, the rest seems to flow on its own. At that point I am “just following directions” as the colors and shapes seem to dictate what is called for next. I experience a strong sense of the paint doing what artist Kandinsky described as “making order out of chaos,” and of the painting having a life of its own.
As I paint I think a lot about the relationship to one another of the colors I'm mixing and using – frequently alternating between warm and cool colors and utilizing various primary hues to assure variety and aliveness. I very seldom use black pigment as it's a color that doesn't appear naturally in life, but is made up of the blending of various primary and secondary colors. So, I like to create the sense of that color myself through mixing it.
The size of the paintings seems also dictated to me. Occasionally I have to have a canvas constructed as the store-bought variety doesn't come in what I've “heard” is to be the prescribed size. Since my hands are no longer strong enough to stretch canvas over a custom-built frame, I'm very grateful to anyone who assists me by building the ground for my expression.
Email: Cynthia at CynthiaMoe.net