In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season furniture was rearranged to make way for our beautiful live and traditionally tall tree. Artworks were also rearranged to make place for the decor (and frankly to make room at the dining room table!). Then things calm down (it was eerily quite and lonely when my loved ones left town!) and the post-holiday cleaning and organizing begin.
Let me state here that there was very little PRE-holiday cleaning but there were valid reasons for that. Then there’s the procrastination factor. And the it-was-just-a-busy-time factor. A poor excuse is better than none, right?
Anyway, I noticed two works of mine that had been absent-mindedly placed together. Oddly enough they share a common theme. One is an oil pastel painting of a friend’s daughter’s hands holding a broken bird egg. The other is an assemblage of my zentangled eggs and other objects.
This got me thinking about themes in an artist’s body of work. I am currently working on a series of portraits of friends and family that show a variety of emotions, so there’s a theme. They are/will be drawn and painted, as per my favorite media. But the egg assemblages are a completely new medium for me, originally the solution to an overabundance of drawn on eggs. Creating them almost made me feel as if I were two different artists because they are so removed from the 2-d work, I even made separate Instagram and Facebook pages for them. But now there is a connection, although I’m not planning on creating more egg paintings just to justify that (come to think of it, I DO have another egg painting, lol!).