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Sunday, July 26, 2015

"Fashion" 18" X 12" acrylic

Fluid Acrylic 
18" X 12" image
Gallery Wrapped and Varnished


Fashion is the beginning of a series. I never know when I'll get an inspiration for a painting or a series of paintings. I've just started a new series call "Tapestry at the Mall." This is the result of gallery sitting at a cooperative gallery I belong to that is located in a Mall. It was a slow day in the gallery, but a very busy day in the Mall. People were walking by constantly, but few ventured in. I had a few visitors toward the beginning of my shift, but it seemed everyone at the mall was quite busy shopping at the bulk food, clothing, and "you name it" store that is near the gallery. 

After spending quite some time watching people walk by, smiling and trying to entice someone to come in, I started to notice it was really fascinating see the interactions between the people. Some were clearly best friends having a great day together.  Others were families with young children who were often getting a ride on their Dad's shoulders. The children who appeared to be in the 4 or 5 year old bracket were fascinated with their surroundings, staring in every shop, while their parent was busy using their smart phone. 

I was also mesmerized by the clothing people were wearing.  I should mention I was at the mall on a Tuesday between 4 and 8 PM and started paying attention to the people around 6 PM, so some people had clearly come from work without stopping at home first. As a result some were very dressed up, others were wearing their traditional apparel from their native land, the young male-teens were casual but carried things like skate boards. A few passed the gallery eating ice cream, while others looked at them enviously.  In case you hadn't already guessed, I was quite entertained and enjoyed wondering about their stories. So here you go, the first of the "Tapestry at the Mall" series, titled Fashion.  Enjoy!

I'd love to hear what you think about this series concept.

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  1. Nice piece! I really like the idea of this series and the stories behind it, April. I love people watching and making up stories to go with them too. :-)

    1. Thank you, Sandy. I wonder if all artists like to make up a story when watching people and if others do that as well.

  2. I think this would make a very interesting series. I'd be interested to see it! ha ha
    I love how you handled the background, the patchy shapes, hinted circles. It really seems to sparkle a bit to me.

    1. Thank you, Shiela. The recent mixed media workshops I took are coming through in the background. I like the depth it adds too.


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