Random Experiments – Why Not?

"One Broad Stroke" Aluminum metallic and red house paint (16-1/2” x 24” framed) | SOLD Impastato Collection

Could I load my paint brush and make one continuous line across the surface? That’s one of the questions that led to this study. The answer: Rarely made it. But, as in most of my random experiments, it doesn’t matter because I like the accidents – the puddle on the edges and endpoints, especially those marks left by the runny/ high viscosity aluminum paint which are beautiful and glitter when light hits them. I was also thinking a lot about house paint and wondering why the cigarette-smoking, hard-drinking Abstract Expressionists flocked to this medium. My answer after spending hours with it? Freedom, with a capital “F.” I felt freed by the size of the paint cans (no petite palm-sized tubes), the immediate readiness (no mixing with a solvent or other medium), the guaranteed color (no need for color recipe charts) and Sherwin Williams prices (so much lower than artist grade materials).

Being open to ideas and experimenting with materials as a way of life? Why not.

PS: This experimental painting has a new home in the collection of a local landscape architect who attended last Wednesday’s Dallas Center for Architecture blow-out annual party, “Rockitecture,” at the always cool Filter House on White Rock Lake spillway.

PPS: I’m skipping next Sunday’s blog post. Talk to you in two weeks.

Announcing Two Launches this Week

Meg in Home Hallway | Painting: "Tribute to Mr. Stella" | acrylic canvas 18" x 36" (photo: teresa rafidi)

My revamped website went live this week. Words of thanks go to Pat and Gary Neeble, owners of Studio16. They have been my web team for close to a decade, and have redone my online e-gallery to reflect my current body of art.

Check out megfitzpatrick.com

I have the honor of being invited to be part of an online gallery, The Art Menu, with the likes of local talents Anita Horton, Carmen Menza and Tamara White. Here is what the Advisory Board said when reviewing and then selecting my paintings:

“The allure of Fitzpatrick’s hide-and-seek compositions taunts the viewer to search for hidden images and discover the secrets of her narrative. Her bold colors and non-symmetrical shapes work to reveal not only powerful energy but peaceful and tranquil moments. Although she allows freedom for the paint to frolic across the picture plane, a controlled restraint acknowledges when the composition is unified and can come to rest.”

Check out theartmenu.com

This site is meant for collectors who are interested in museum-quality prints of originals as an affordable way to own art.  My thanks to David Hobbs and his business partner, Andrew Speillman, the guys who launched this concept. Also gratitude to David’s wife, the gifted photographer, Robyn Hobbs, who took the black and white photos, and Taylor Stensrud for his technical expertise.

Enjoy everyone’s art and creative spirit. Have a great a week.