When one's life has become predictable & monotonous one should conclude that doing something unexpected is necessary! That's the idea I had for this painting. This depicts the moment of anticipation...where the outcome is unknown. Will they burst into laughter together because they are in happy loving moods or could there be an awkward silence because they are feeling awkward? Also, to me, it's about experimenting with Control; instead of giving in to monotony she does something entirely different from the norm, changing the pace of her present moments. I intended her expression to show a hint of fear of the unknown because that's a very real feeling, one I can relate to. I would have added more excitement in her expression though, had I known I'd receive a lot of odd responses (I showed it to the public via art walk when it was finished). It was entertaining to hear the variety of things said about Hidden Places, but also a bit unsettling that so many were reminded of negative things in their lives because of it, or so they said. It's just a painting though, so truly, I regret nothing! What do you think of this painting?
|16x20 inches, oil on hardboard panel, 2011|
|handmade doll, a lamp I own, hidden treasures inside a drawer|
|behind the scenes, a moment between a couple you'd never see|