today i went to the cherry creek arts festival with friends tom, linda, teresa, and taylor. we saw some wonderful art. i bought a few pieces, one of which is pictured above, by signe and genna grushovenko. i think it's amazing. genna paints the backgrounds, and the signe paints on top, letting some of the background show through.
true story. a few weeks ago i was at the studio, and was playing around with the notion of using old photos along with the push/pull of an abstracted background. you have seen some of this work on my blog in recent history. anyway, i come home from the studio after working on these prints, and start looking at my various bookmarked blogs. i stumble upon these incredible artists the very next morning, and voila!!! i find someone experimenting with the same idea! of course, our work is very different. i am working in ink with the monoprint technique, and genna and signe are working in oil on masonite, but the push/pull idea is the same.
anyway, i saw them at the festival today, and was literally shaking because the work is so beautiful. i am so very lucky to now own a piece of my own. my neighbor jane came by this evening and asked me why their painting spoke to me. i didn't even understand that they couldn't speak to everyone who saw them. but i told jane that the drawing skills are amazing, that the immediacy and confidence in the brushstroke is remarkable, and the understanding of value is incredibly sophisticated.
how serendipitous that this would all come together today. life is always full of happy coincidence, isn't it? yay!!!