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Ethel Hills - Bands of Color #30 - Mixed Media Collage on Mat Board - 7" x 5"

Ethel Hills – Bands of Color #30 – Mixed Media Collage on Mat Board – 7″ x 5″

Here’s another of my new Bands of Color paintings. Now that I have these paintings finished, I’m really pleased with them. As I was working on them, I wasn’t sure they would be successful.

 

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Ethel Hills - Bands of Color #29 - Mixed Media Collage on Mat Board - 7" x 5"

Ethel Hills – Bands of Color #29 – Mixed Media Collage on Mat Board – 7″ x 5″

 

I’ve just been revisiting a series that I started more than 4 years ago.  My earliest collages are from the Bands of Color series.

The ones I’m working on now are slightly larger – 7″ x 5″ instead of 6″ x 4″, but retain the basic idea of bands of color glued onto a colored background to suggest the landscape. I love that you can suggest something with just a few strips of color.

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Today, I’m including an older painting instead of one I’ve just finished. This one is a bit different from my normal work, but certainly has enough elements of my style that it’s recognizable. This one happens to be up on the wall in my studio at the moment, so I’m looking at it every day.

Although I really like this piece, I’m wondering if the title is wrong. The solid blue is an important part of the composition, which is why I named it “Nothing But Blue Skies”. Now I’m not sure that matches the feel of the painting. To me, it feels more like deep woods, not sunny skies. Do you ever rename paintings?

Ethel Hills - "Nothing But Blue Skies" - Watercolor - 7" x 7" - Framed to 12" x 12"

Ethel Hills – “Nothing But Blue Skies” – Watercolor – 7″ x 7″ – Framed to 12″ x 12″

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This is the latest in the Shelter Series. I’m almost finished with this first batch of small pieces. (Only one more still unresolved.)

It’s really kind of interesting how these are coming out. Once I’ve got these started, they seem to take on a life of their own. I add things and change things, trying to resolve the basic artistic issues and I’m ending up with little houses that have personalities. This was not intentional. The personality just sort of evolved with the painting.

While one of the earlier ones felt “brooding” to me, this one almost seems surprised. The house has a sort of “oh, my!” expression to it. Am I imagining this or is there something to it?

And of course, while it’s still very cold outside, it’s nice to look at a flower garden – even one made up of bits of paper.

Ethel Hills - Shelter #13 - Mixed Media Collage on Panel - 7" x 5"

Ethel Hills – Shelter #13 – Mixed Media Collage on Panel – 7″ x 5″

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As I explore the house theme for my “Shelter’ series, I don’t seem to be on a linear path. The work keeps bouncing around from idea to idea, back and forth from funky to sophisticated.

I’ve looked at this piece a lot and have finally decided to declare it done. Even though it’s very different from the other pieces that were started at the same time, I like it and appreciate its relative simplicity. It has no collage added, but the interest is in the shapes and the subtleties of texture within the shapes.

It’ll be interesting to see if there are more of these by the end of the series.

 

Ethel Hills - Shelter #11 - Acrylic on Panel - 7" x 5"

Ethel Hills – Shelter #11 – Acrylic on Panel – 7″ x 5″

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Here’s the latest in my Shelter Series. This one was a bit of a struggle, but I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I wish that I had the foresight to take pictures of some of these paintings as they changed. This one has at least two complete paintings underneath the final version.

Each of these 7″ x 5″ paintings started out as a relatively straight forward line drawing filled in with acrylic paint. Each time, something was missing. Most of them have ended up with either a little bit or a lot of collage added. It’s been interesting watching these evolve. I must admit that these have taken way longer than they should have. (At least it seems that way.)

Ethel Hills - Shelter #12 - Mixed Media on Panel - 7" x 5"

Ethel Hills – Shelter #12 – Mixed Media on Panel – 7″ x 5″

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This year has certainly been slow for painting. The first week of February and this is my first painting of 2014. This is one of several small “Shelter” paintings that I have in process. These have not been going together easily, at least so far.

Although these are in some ways much more representational than most of my work, I’m still enjoying them. I’ve been playing with fairly simple patterns and have combined that with the somewhat 3-D effect of layers of paper collage.

Ethel Hills - Shelter #10 - Mixed Media on Panel - 7" x 5"

Ethel Hills – Shelter #10 – Mixed Media on Panel – 7″ x 5″

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