Happy thoughts …

Since visiting the National Art Gallery in Washington D.C. last month, I really have been digging pop artist Jim Dine’s work. His 16-foot charcoal and canvas “Name Painting” (a portion of it is below) inspired my “Happy Thoughts” piece (above), which combines the objects and ideas that make my husband Alex, my son Kai and me the happiest, such as fancy cheese, cheap airfare and pirates. Dine’s work is gritty, raw and resembles Santa’s naughty list, which I really like. But this is the first time I’ve worked with charcoal and I was a bit nervous, so I played it safe. Plus I’m in a pretty safe place in my life right now and it feels good to be neat and clean. Soon though, I’d like to mess around with the medium a bit more, so I can become more adventurous and show a bit of my darker side.

Name Painting (1935-1963) #1, 1968-1969 charcoal on unsized canvas.

Dine also has a another piece that is rousing me lately – and may inspire some future artwork. Check it out …

Jim Dine - Hearts, 1970

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