A Walk Through Martinsburg WV

acrylic painting, Maryland Artist, Meredith Osterman Art, travel

I visited a friend in West Virginia a few months ago.  I was thinking about what I wanted to do for a new series.  We walked around her town and I took pictures of the streets, the second hand shops, and her house.  I was looking at my photos when I got back home and this street scene is one that struck me.  The scene was in a very different place then where I’ve been but it was also very familiar.

 

Resilience

acrylic painting, ink, Maryland Artist, Meredith Osterman Art, Pandemic, watercolor

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I recently sold the work above and I was asked if it had a title.  I usually don’t title my work unless I have to document it.  The result is that sometimes my titles are random and sometimes they are just descriptive.  I decided to title this work Resilience.

My friend, who owns a small business bought another work like Resilience in October last year and she was talking to me about applying for grants during the pandemic and how difficult it is.  She said she looked at the painting that she bought and felt calmer.  So understandably I was really happy that something I had made had helped my friend and I was inspired to paint another painting with the same process.

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painting bought in October 2019

The process for these paintings is somewhat random.  I take watercolor paper and I squirt concentrated watercolor onto the surface.  Sometimes I add water.  The paint falls where it wants to for the most part.  I do a little directing but I let the process dictate how things will look.  Then I paint my small watercolor into a larger acrylic painting.  So I like to think of it as finding beauty in chaos.

I hope you are all doing well and feeling resilient.

Ray Bradbury

acrylic painting, drawing, ink, Maryland Artist, Pandemic, Ray Bradbury, watercolor

“Out on the highway the last faint water colors of the sun were gone beyond the hills and whatever they were chasing was so far ahead as to be only a swift fleck now shown in lamplight now set free, running into the dark.”   -Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes

There are so many phrases and words that beg to be illustrated in Ray Bradbury’s books.  He writes in pictures.  This quote struck me as I was reading Something Wicked.  It’s just the way he captures the past turning into the present when he describes the sunlight and the dark.

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I did not portray the exact moment in the Bradbury’s writing but it inspired different pictures having to do with boys running outside and the setting sun.  I may return to the book to find some other scenes to paint.