4/10/09

POWER POINT

Only once many years ago did I paint a picture for a themed-based show. Our paintings had to be inspired by a specific, old country church, and one artist painted the outhouse behind the church..... inspiration with humor.

After taking lots of photos through darkened windows of the pews and altar, I found my real inspiration in this light meter. Since I like mechanical things anyway, painting this was just goofy fun. I changed up some of the lettering to be more meaningful to me, like the Greek letters of Alpha and Omega. Many of the letters or numbers are backwards, some reversed as a mirror image or upside down, so that the real meaning of POWER SURGE is more subtle. All the numbers or letters spell out words in about a dozen different areas creating a message regarding things important to my beliefs.

I did learn a good personal lesson - to not ever again paint for a themed show. If I have something that will work, that's fine, but it's not in me to 'make a painting happen' based on a show's agenda. In the same way, this line of thought may also have something to do with why I seldom ever accept commissions, except for dogs.

I'm posting this because it's Easter weekend - my favorite Sunday of the year and favorite holiday. I wish a very Happy Easter to everyone.

"POWER POINT" Transparent Watercolor on YUPO 12 x 19"

11 comments:

masmoulin said...

Hello,
I am a french watercolorist. I come on your blog regulary. I have know it with Suzanne McDernott.
2 watercolorists give me "Passion for Painting" The process : I give the award at 7 others painters. I think to you.
Are you OK
Pierre, alias masmoulin

RHCarpenter said...

Great painting of an unusual subject and I like the title and the hidden meaning, known only to you. Happy Easter!

Sandy said...

I was actually going to say something very similar to RHCarpenter.
A very unique and beautifully executed response to a prescribed subject!
....and hooray to you for not accepting commissions! I don't accept them any more either!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Sandy! Fun title and interesting subtle meaning. I particularly enjoy the texture.

Mary Paquet said...

Sandy, this piece shows your incredible ability to execute and your creative approach to a difficult challenge. I am fascinated by the layers of meaning you incorporated into the painting. So you have a great painting and you learned another important thing about yourself. What a valuable experience. Happy Easter!

Dawn said...

very cool Sandy! lovin it!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Wow. Thanks so much for all the comments. This was fun to paint but I'm surprised that you commented on it. I did enlarge it so when you click on it, you can see some of the words better. Keep painting, y'll.

Cathy said...

Hi Sandy! I've linked your blog to mine. Take a look at my post "Lemonade Award". Hope you like it.

Cathy said...

Oops, I forgot to tell you it will only be online tomorrow!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Cathy, I'm looking forward to seeing your post tomorrow. I love the painting of your husband and his God child's hands. Your art is vibrant and exciting. So glad you stopped by.

Margaret Ann said...

Fabulous capture...I love the alpha and the omega...especially with this piece...simply billiant on so many levels! :)