Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Passage of Time, part 1



For several years, I have been interested in the passage of time and what remains. Most of my paintings (and the occasional assemblage) have explored the physical effects of time in nature and the transient cycle of life. With the passage of time there is a transience depicted with traces or layers of what came before, which has become worn, weathered, or rusty. But there is also an enduring permanence to the recurring cycle, which explains why circles often show up in my paintings. Being a list maker, I start a series by brainstorming lists of words. Some of these words end up as titles. I have found these lists to be great starting points for beginning painting a new series. I recently found a list of words, forgotten in an old folder, written 3 years ago, based on my passage of time series.
  1. traces
  2. timeless
  3. fragile
  4. endless
  5. reminders
  6. cycles
  7. imprint
  8. vestiges
  9. fragments
  10. a remembered moment
  11. dwelling in shadow

13 comments:

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Hi Donna: Welcome to the blogging community! I look forward to seeing your work and learning about your art making process. I like the idea of a list of words to kick start a series.

DonnaWatsonArt said...

Thank you Leslie. You have been so helpful and supportive.

jgr said...

Hi Donna,
I've just found your blog from Leslie's. Welcome to blogland! I'm a beginner at collage so I love the inspiration.

Mary Buek said...

Welcome to the blog world. I look forward to seeing a lot of your art and reading your posts.

Crystal said...

What an inspiring post ~ I've found circles, representing cycles, are a reoccurring theme in my work this season as well.
Your work is beautiful ~ I look forward to seeing more!
Crystal

Jo Reimer said...

Hi Donna,
I'm so glad to see that you are blogging now. You have so much to say through your collage paintings and I know you will draw us to your words, too. The word list idea is a good one; I'll try that.

Liz Thomas said...

Hi Donna,

Love your seeing your work and will love reading your comments about how your work and others evolve. Best always, Liz

ArtPropelled said...

Hi Donna, I fell in love with your work some time back when Leslie posted your link so I'm thrilled that you've started a blog. The passage of time has been intriguing me for several years too....but my medium is carved wood.

Kelly Marszycki said...

I found your blog through Leslie's -- working with textured papers and bits of fabric have been a "hidden" pleasure of mine -- I love viewing other collage artists' work and your work is intriguing. Love your banner of rivets and rust!

Ruth Armitage said...

Congrats on the new blog! I will look forward to reading your posts and seeing the new images as they are created :) You figured it out all by yourself... I'm proud of you!
always,
Ruth

Seth said...

Welcome to the world of blogging!! Such beautiful pieces in this post. And I totally resonate with your words here about the impact of nature and time.

Teri said...

Wow! These are just great. I love all things that nature has to offer and I love how you have translated it into these great works.

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