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DAY 13: 20°

2017 September 13
"20°" (acrylic & silver leaf on 5″×7″ unstretched canvas) by R.L. Gibson

“20°” (acrylic & silver leaf on 5″×7″ unstretched canvas) by R.L. Gibson

It is Day 13 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  My thirteenth offering is “20º” acrylic & silver leaf on 5″×7″ unstretched canvasWill be available in my Etsy Shop.

As a xerographist, my work tends to be, almost exclusively, representational.  The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge offers me an opportunity to revisit abstract painting as an alternate voice.  Cadmium red seems to be sticking around.  Red is my happy place, but I started painting to find a voice for some anger. So, regardless of the success of a painting, I’m struggling with the ability to express anger.  I have always been, what my husband calls “nauseatingly optimistic”, and that isn’t a bad thing, to me.  But, it is sometimes unproductive. This painting feels unproductive. My paintings, like myself, are a work in progress.  Stick with me.

20º is thirteenth of a number of paintings inspired by traffic circles:  “As a frequent traveler, I am both comforted and amused by the familiar behaviors found while traversing the traffic circle.  Well-intentioned drivers lean forward to afford themselves a better view of street signs, use their right turn signal despite all options being right turns, momentarily hit the brakes not quite certain of their choice before barreling ahead often without noticing the presence or location of other drivers on the circle or having to go ’round again because they missed the mark the first time.  It is sort of a perfect metaphor for navigating life.”

Remember, this canvas is available for $50 in my Etsy Shop.

Next stop? Day Fourteen.



2 Responses
  1. September 14, 2017

    Hello Rachel! Awesome work in the 30 day challenge – the work continues to get more intense as each day passes – my desire would be to see what happens if you were to release the circle motif from the image – I believe the spaces you are creating would have an increased depth, and they stand on their own. For me the circles tend to keep things on the surface and I want to get past them to visit what lies beyond. There – my unsolicited critique 🙂 Keep up the good work!!! Love A&AD…

  2. September 14, 2017

    Thanks, Charles. Day 15 will be the last day of 5″x7″ traffic circle themed work. I am starting fresh for day 16 with square images. Tying them together thematically would be my preference, but I haven’t settled on anything. Stay tuned! 🙂

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