I have decided my brain has probably been exposed to the fumes that accompany working in oil for too many years. They make "odorless" paint thinners, but they are still toxic. Between breathing those fumes for over 40 years, being an ex-smoker now for 25 years after 26 years of sucking down my beloved Marlboros and other herbal substances in the 70's, why I am worried about the fumes of my art, is more than likely a little silly. Being a little silly has never really stopped me from doing things and this is a good idea. Soooo...I have decided to switch to acrylic paints. Acrylic paint has greatly improved over the years. It looks and handles like oil paint, so it seems like a good move. I have 4 smaller canvases ready to go, I've bought the paint, tomorrow I set up my palette and start painting. My studio will smell better and my mind just might get clearer. I have decide to go back to this wonderful southwestern landscape and start painting the scenery around Yavapai County. I want to get more of "me" into my work. I am not quite sure what I mean by that, but it's a goal I am going to work toward defining. It's nice to try new directions and inspiration. I am "stoked"!
This is how I start a painting. I like to paint on a red or purple field, I think it makes my colors "POP"! This it the plan for a diptych I am going to do of a wash/arroyo near Skull Valley, Arizona in acrylic paint.
As seen in Phoenix Home and Garden magazine, June 2010
Photo by Laura Moss, LauraMoss.com
I got a call from a student and a friend of mine to tell me she had seen my paintings in the June 2010 issue of Phoenix Home and Garden that she bought at the library. I said I didn't think so, but she said yes they even spelled my name correctly. I asked what was the title and she said, " The Lucidity of Open Space" and I said "Wow those are my paintings!" I went through a phase of naming paintings from with phases I culled from Gabriel Garcia Marquez' "One Hundred Years of Solitude". The prose in the book was so visual and rich, I loved it. The only problem was I could never remember what title went with which painting, I had to become a little more descriptive with my titles. Oh well---it seemed like a good idea at the time.
The text in the magazine wrote, “The cheery paintings by Linne Thomas are part of a triptych titled An Open Space of Lucidity. The homeowners spotted them in a display at Phoenix Sky harbor International Airport and tracked down the artist at a Scottsdale gallery.”
So of course, I am pretty stoked (my 1970's roots) and am sharing it with as many people as I can contact. I probably am ready to let it fade a bit now?
Also new are some new Fine Arts Prints I just had done by the wonderful Alan Lade of Lade Back Photography and Fine Art of a commission painting I just completed called "Tis the Season". It's a painting of the Yavapai County Courthouse at Christmas. Prescott is Arizona's official "Christmas City". I am going to be able to get it printed on canvas and fine art paper with archival acid free
inks and UV protection and it will be on my website www.LinneThomasArt.com very soon. Alan did an amazing job capturing the image, I am glad to have found him.