Archive | May 2012

Un-official finished pieces.

I just finished my latest paintings.There is something about the lack of refinement that is both attractive to me and vexing to me. There is a homey-ness, painterly feel; simplicity in the execution. Or maybe the desire to have simplicity in the execution. I will be doing more paintings like this.

In the end, it about beauty and color and things that are shiny.

Like the days spent playing in your mothers jewelry box or something. The preciousness and value in the gems are the ones you feel inside; the value is personal and internal.

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Two paintings: Affordable Opulence and Opulence is an Illusion. Both by Karmen Brown (2012)

 

New stuff….

I have always wondered whether or not it is smart to show my works in progress. I enjoy the creative process but I wonder if someone will see something I’m doing, incorporate that into their work and then accuse me of copying them or something. I may just be paranoid.

BUT, I’m working on a series featuring patterns and rhinestones and tissue papers. They are small pieces of individual paintings, but will all work together to tell a story. Perhaps six to nine panels. Here are two the panels now:

opulence is an illusion

Opulence is an Illusion by Karmen Brown 2012

and here is the other

Affordable Opulence

Affordable Opulence by Karmen Brown (2012)

Collage Art

One medium I was just testing the water on before I left for Japan was collage art. I was especially interested in integrating rhinestones, sparkles, and glitter with my paintings and also using traditional Japanese/Japanese styled papers.

It was important for me to have a reason to use those items in the work. How does it help tell the story?  I’m currently working on a series of  designs that intergrate the rhinestones into the works. The first one is really quite pretty (although, I’m not quite done).

In regards to my Etsy shop, I have decided to sell my early jewelry.  I wasn’t going to at first but I believe in the designs and the works. They have the quirky feel