Experiments and Scratching

Sometimes revisiting a particular image feels like coming home. But lately it has felt stale. It's so hard to feel like you are mastering something but still keeping your work fresh. Or to feel like you are working within your "style" while also trying out new things. 

I really love the work of Marlene Dumas. She does portraits, and some of her work uses a wet into wet approach to create gorgeous, spontaneous, kind of creepy images. I'm playing around with that approach. She also uses found images from magazines as her references. 

I like to be able to work spontaneously and to not use reference images all the time. Plus, copyright issues. But sometimes the well runs dry and I need to work from references to build up my internal image bank. 

“Chlorosis (Love sick),” 1994 (ink, gouache, and synthetic polymer paint on paper) by Marlene Dumas.

“Chlorosis (Love sick),” 1994 (ink, gouache, and synthetic polymer paint on paper) by Marlene Dumas.

Laurel Antur,  Saving Girls from Hacks and Butchers,  2016, Watercolor, 11 x 17, watercolor and ink.

Laurel Antur, Saving Girls from Hacks and Butchers, 2016, Watercolor, 11 x 17, watercolor and ink.

Laurel Antur,  A 24-year-old American Wait Out the Hours , 2016, 9 x 12, Watercolor and Ink.

Laurel Antur, A 24-year-old American Wait Out the Hours, 2016, 9 x 12, Watercolor and Ink.