Mary Lou Wiegand
"Hibiscus in Her Hair."
Watercolor (3 Points)
Inks (2 Points)
Watercolor (1 Point)
The title of my painting is “Sanctuary.”
I started out with an abstract ink background with texture and then I pulled the painting out of it: the tree and the lovely ground of the forest which were there, then just enhanced it. It was a kind of deductive painting.
It was fun, experimental and tactile so what I thought of when I did this technique - which I’ve done several times - I see what’s in there and I pull it out and very often it’s something from nature because that’s what I love.
I named it “Sanctuary” because it’s like when I’m out in nature, it is a place of sanctuary, almost like holy ground to me. “Sanctuary” was painted a couple of years ago, before this show even happened.
Interviewer’s note: Deductive painting, per online definitions: a technique where you start by laying the darkest values (or negative space) and then erasing (i.e. reducing value) to pull out values, working from darkest to lightest.
Master watercolorist, Cheng Khe Chee, does an excellent demonstration of deductive painting at:
https://emptyeasel.com/2012/02/06/video-the-deductive-method-of-watercolor-painting/. Sandy used inks whereas Chen Khe Chee used watercolor. The idea of deductive painting is the same regardless.
Pastel, titled Mary’s Grotto at St. Patrick Church, Brighton.
I’d always admired the grotto at St. Patrick and I happened to go there several times while my mother was in a nursing home in Brighton.
Fr. James had visited my mother, per my request, and ultimately he gave the funeral mass for my mother. So, he gave me permission to go over there and do art in the grotto area and this is the result.
It has connections to St. Mary, the Church here locally and to the memory of my mother.