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.