3/23/09

GRATE ART

This small painting was inspired by an old broken grate outside a hardware store. It was painted on location, which means I did not have the comforts of my studio.

Created on YUPO paper lots of years ago, the best part of the painting is its title. I did enjoy painting something so mundane as a broken grate on an old sidewalk. It's sometimes very fascinating to inspect things we see - or don't really see - everyday.

This will be the only post this week since I'll be at a watercolor workshop in beautiful North Carolina for the week. Looking forward to catching up with everyones blogs when I get back.

"GRATE ART'S NOT ALL IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE" Transparent Watercolor on medium weight YUPO 6 x 4"

12 comments:

r garriott said...

This really IS a great grate! I'm grateful that you posted it (couldn't resist) Proves that beauty and art are all around us, even in the unexpected places.

Chris Beck said...

Darn -- r garriott beat me to the pun(ch)!! ;-D (couldn't resist that one either!!) This is a really nice piece -- love the painting and the title. Have a super week at the workshop!!

wayne said...

Hi Sandy,
..a fantatsic painting imo!! You're very modest having a good laugh about grates and all... But seriously, this is a very good composition, a most interesting work. I love the geometry, angled, even slightly fractured symmetry here or there. And yet the pattern of squares stands as a metaphor for the underlying rhythms and resilient patterns of Nature.
best wishes,
wayne

Barbara Sailor said...

Love this one, Sandy. It is "grate" art to me. This reminds me of the city, where I was raised. There were many grates that looked like this one - very nostalgic!
Barb

Mike said...

Hi Sandy! . . what a pleasure to have met you at Kanuga! Does this painting mean that you should be considered a grate painter? (Whoops!! Another pun! ;-)) )

Looking forward to spending some time together in Kanuga next year!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Hey, all you GRATE artists. It's really grate of you to have fun with this. Love it when you stop by! THANKS a bunch.

S*Ja Znaju, Scrappar Liv said...

Can just add....Miss your paintings ev´ry day.
Come back

Margaret Ann said...

I love the urban ruggedness of this...special little color washes everywhere! :)

r garriott said...

Hi again Sandy,
can I borrow Wayne to write my next press release?

Sandy Maudlin said...

rg - be sure to check out Wayne's website. You'll never find your way through it the same way twice. He's incredible and a grate artist too....really great!

Your blogs are awesome. The snow looks a little deep, but I'll bet it's gone by now. Looking forward to seeing your next painting.

Wayne said...

Hi Sandy,
Many thanks for your kind comments re my art/web site :) It's very kind of you, and i really appreciate it :)

Thanks too rg..

best wishes,
wayne

Wayne said...

Hi Sandy,
Many thanks for your kind comments re my art/web site :) It's very kind of you, and i really appreciate it :)

Thanks too rg..

best wishes,
wayne