The Unexpected Colour Party From A Parallel Dimension
I am so excited about the new series I am working on! Here is a little sample that I'd like to share:
Caught on a Wind from a Parallel Dimension by Rebecca Chaperon, 12" x 16", Acrylic
I am feeling quite proud of my new work, and I am overjoyed to be moving into an area of exploration that feels new and unusual.
You might wonder, "Rainbow explosion? What's with that?" So here's a little insight into the inner workings of my creative process with relation to my painting pictured above.
Lately I have become interested in creating these mysterious clusters of playful shapes. I am enjoying superimposing them on otherwise serene landscapes. Perhaps it's the influence of a nice long spring in Vancouver (BC), all the varieties of colour and shape that seem to burst out of last year's sodden, murky vegetation. A crazy array of dazzling flowers and buds are currently blooming out of the left over mossy greens and muddy browns.
I feel as though the backdrop of the sombre landscape in the painting has a certain peace to it - and maybe you can sense it too. It's in the slow movement of the cold water and in the vast, unpopulated landscape where nothing stirs. I think these little clusters of coloured, geometric shapes invade the scene with their contrasting colours, faster movement and intense energy. When creating the placement and composition with these shapes I noticed that some seem to group together as though in conversation, while others dangle off to the side, but undoubtedly remain a part of this alien community.
When I painted this piece I imagined the sound of water lapping softly against the glacial obelisk while a rebellious stir of unidentified objects eddy around each other, as though caught on a wind from a parallel dimension. I like to insert a sense of other-worldliness into my work in general, so while I am working on a painting I try to be open, allowing myself to accept ideas that are unusual, or may otherwise be considered "risky". I say risky because there is always that element of risk when exploring techniques or ideas that may or may not translate to canvas - at least, not the way you envisioned in your mind.
It was a late night and an early morning to put together the finishing elements of this painting, and I am super happy with the result. An unfortunate side effect, however, is that I am seeing geometric, coloured, "unidentified flying objects" everywhere (that's G.C.U.F.O.'s)
Be on the look out for G.C.U.F.O's!