Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Sunflower Quad"


"Sunflower Quad" turned out to be a lot of fun to do. I enjoy very much slapping paint on in a seemingly random way, perhaps sanding things down a bit...adding texture and then looking at it from fresh eyes and putting down the finishing touches. I don't usually work in even numbers...but sometimes the composition just works and I am glad that sticking to rules isn't a hard and fast rule! This piece is 8"x8" canvas on panel. Seems it is turning out to be a favorite substrate to work on for me. I enjoy knowing it can be framed or can sit as is on a shelf or an easel.

I have been wanting to talk about my signature. I don't know if you have noticed, but I sign my work Lane. Lane used to be my last name. I was born with one name, my father left the picture when I was very small and my mother remarried, so I was a Johnson for a time. I married early in life and became that man's name, and then was a single mom. I went through a time where I was trying to fit with my life, so I chose a name I liked and changed it! So, Lane means a lot to me as it was the beginning of my OWN identity! I have to admit that it was so much fun to change my name to what ever I wanted that for a short time I considered changing my first name...You have to be careful as creating a new name is a heady thing...and for about 20 minutes in my life I considered "Hazard" as my new first name! THANK GOODNESS I had wonderful friends who shook me out of that phase quickly! HA. I am very proud of my married name. Lane is now my legal middle name. I've known my now husband for many years and I admire him and am proud of him, but my art is so personal to me, and reflects my own personal journey my husband is totally understanding in why I sign my paintings as I do. I do, however, sign my paintings with my first name when they are done specifically for my family. They like the "custom" signature that means something to them.

It is fun to be able to make decisions as an artist both in how and why and what we paint...even as to how we sign our paintings.

6 comments:

masmoulin said...

Very beautiful flowers. Beautiful colors and lignt

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Thank you masmoulin! I really love sunflowers!

Charlene Brown said...

"Slapping paint on in a seemingly random way" is exactly the right technique for sunflowers, and you've done them beautifully.

Your signature story was fun to read -- thanks for sharing.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Thank you Charlene...it seems to work for me...And I do appreciate you stopping by to visit from time to time!

AutumnLeaves said...

I love getting to know you a bit through your blogging, Saundra. The 'Friends' episode in which Phoebe changed her name after she married was instantly brought to mind! LOL While I was back in school earning my bachelor's, I legally changed my name back to my 'maiden' name so that when I graduated, it would be my name on that degree. (I'd been divorced 7 years by that time but had retained my married name because of the girls.) Sometimes even now, I wish I'd have kept my maiden name since remarrying. At any rate, these sunflowers turned out so beautifully. I love them!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Autumn Leaves I am glad to be able to connect with those that choose to participate. I believe there are many visual images we artists can paint, and the teacher part of me believes that the more visuals presented the best chance of understanding. Thanks again for tuning in!

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