On Finding Patience and Experimentation

I'm currently working on a series of paintings similar to this one on canvas. The style I most often paint in is layered, energetic and gestural. I try to paint intuitively and spontaneously, and my mind is clear when I'm painting --or at least that's the goal. This is of course abstract expressionism, and it's a style I find simultaneously frustrating and liberating. Each painting is a struggle to find balance between shape and color, light and dark. I often find myself overworking a painting especially when I'm frustrated, and in an effort to give myself space and find some calm, I have started painting smaller works on paper in different styles in between painting sessions. I sometimes call these smaller paintings "patience paintings". Paper is far less precious than canvas, and taking a break and experimenting with different styles helps me focus and clear my mind. 

Here are three different styles I've been experimenting with all inspired by images of moths. 

Acrylic on brown paper. Each 20 x 25"

Acrylic on brown paper. Each 20 x 25"

Acrylic on Arches Paper, Each 10 x 14"

Acrylic on Arches Paper, Each 10 x 14"

Acrylic on paper. Each 8 x8"

Acrylic on paper. Each 8 x8"

Acrylic on paper 8" x8"

Acrylic on paper 8" x8"

All originals are for sale. Please e mail me for prices: rena.thiagarajan@gmail.com