New Art- Positive Reduction

‘Positive Reduction’

18″ x 24″ x 2″

oils on canvas

Will be available for purchase on my web site in the 2010 gallery.

Here is the quote that helped inspire the work:

The work was like peeling an onion. The outer skin came off with difficulty… but in no time you’d be down to its innards, tears streaming from your eyes as more and more beautiful reductions became possible.
Edward Blishen

This abstract, mixed media oil painting took a year to complete. You’ll be saying…”no way BAD! Kitty, really?” (maybe not but I like to think about you all reading this and in my head you talk back, sometimes…no I’m not crazy, ok maybe a little bit) The simple answer is yes. I have painted this canvas 5 times. I hated each painting, and it would get thrown in the corner to wait until I had run out of supplies again. Well, I ran out of supplies. I picked up the cursed canvas and plopped it down on the easel. Then I stared reducing the very abstract color riot that was there. It started working! I felt something give inside my head and I finished this work over the last week. I had to wait for the paint to dry each time, because…like I said I’m outta supplies and therefore no drying alkids. OMG! I hate waiting for paint to dry, but nothing but oils give the depth of color and texture, IMHO, of course.

The picture of the wooden dressmakers dummy is one that I have had in my special pile for years, he had to become an enlightened fairy with dusty butterfly wings for this world. Dontcha’ think? Yeah, me too. Prepped and glued and textured him in there and bam! it feels good and done now. The background is a sunny orange/yellow, but very soft. I really liked how free this one made me feel…I think the whimsy may be returning on its own. Isn’t that nice?

Have a great day and thanks for being here.


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  1. Sara Mathewson
    September 6, 2010

    hey Heather! you popped up on my new feed on FB and i had to come over to see what you were up to. I like this painting. I’m so glad it worked out for you! I know it can be frustrating to rework and rework something. but it looks like you did your magic and this one came out very well! I have the painting I bought from you up in my living room now and I just love it. Makes me happy to look at it, and think of you:)

    I am now living in Mpls., close to friends and family. It is good to be home and near others that love me. It was so hard to be in a town all alone without a car etc. Which is exactly what happened when Chris left. sigh. Life has thrown me a curve ball and it came out of the blue! He and i are still in touch when he has an internet connection. At the moment he doesn’t. I’m grieving of course. Feels like my whole world turned upside down. But, being close to others that love me helps. And little by little i will grow stronger. A friend of mine (the same one who came to Albuquerque to bring me back to Mpls.) came over and got my studio set up so I hope to be painting soon and eventually will get back to blogging. Chris has promised to update my website etc. so when we do talk again I hope to get that started.

    Wanted to let you know I think of you often and smile everytime:)
    Love You!

  2. badkittyartstudio
    September 8, 2010

    Sara! I’m so glad that you are finding peace after the storm. I am sending you love!!! I look forward to seeing your new work and it’s so super great to hear from you. I’m glad that the painting you have still makes you smile, you deserve to smile as often as possible! All my love,

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    September 9, 2010

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  4. badkittyartstudio
    September 9, 2010

    Broamyday, thanks for stopping by, yes, I have an rss feed and twitter, they are located at the top right hand side of the blog…you can’t miss them.

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