Today Has Been a Busy Painting Day

I am currently working with two very different styles. Both I like but I think they will appeal to different people. This is the first one:

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The first style is an Abstract Expressionist piece which is playing with primary and secondary colours whilst layering the paint. I have been playing with transparency for blocking in the figures. The bold black lines really make the image pop. Today I created two small ones but this time incorporated beads. One of my goals when I arrived back to Ghana was to experiment with texture, symbols and objects significant to Ghana. Hence, the patterns inspired from fabrics and the incorporation of the beads. I have also combined textures and the roller, similar to the previous painting.

DSC_0563This one is inspired from one of my photos taken when I was in a bead market. This woman really appealed to me in the way she was casually holding the chicken with the bag of shopping. I simplified her body so it isn’t 100% accurate as I wanted her to fit in with the rest of the Abstract background. I love the use of the reds and purples. That is a combination I have not used much. The symbols are Adinkras and beads are all made here in Ghana.

Textured Beauties

 

I have two more paintings to add which I completed last week but this is my BRAND new piece completed yesterday.

I am really happy with this experimental painting as it is combining my previous style with my new goal of incorporating found objects and textures into my art. I love the colours as they are plentiful yet subdued. The mood is calm yet the texture adds visual interest and makes the painting alive.  I am definitely getting closer to what I was hoping to achieve this year with my art, now I would like to include fabrics and beads without having them look like they have been added just for the sake of it. I want them to harmonize and add interest to the piece. While still communicating the importance of fabric and beads to the Ghanaian culture.