Today I took the plunge and started the largest piece to date for me....36 x 48". I'm really excited to work on this piece because it is for a "Call for Art" and this call is for something very near and dear to my heart. It's for a cancer center here in North Carolina.
Let me explain why it's special to me...
My sister is a cancer survivor as well as I've had some other family members who are cancer survivors or unfortunately left this world too soon because of cancer. I also used to work with cancer patients so you could say cancer has been an ever-present being in my life.
When I saw this call for art I knew I HAD to go for it.
In the call's description, there was no theme but wanted a color palette that was of blues, greens, and earth tones to representative of Eastern North Carolina. What stuck out the most in the description to me was this..."provide a calming sense of being and appeal to a broad audience."
It is my mission to paint an abstract that will hopefully evoke just that. I need to paint large to fit the space so off I go to the art store and grab myself a few canvases (just in case). I am instantly inspired...not only by the color palette but also what it could mean for me to connect with the audience that will come across my painting (patients and non-patients alike).
I am grabbing my best blues, greens, earth tones and even the pops of color that I can possibly incorporate into this large piece.
Wish me luck! I can't wait to see what comes of this piece as I channel my own story, my loved ones stories, empathy, and the message and emotions that I hope to convey.