Nightmares

This is one from deep in my subconscious. I grew up in a house that was well over 200 years old. It had a lot of character and many strange things occurred in this house. I often sensed there was a presence lurking nearby and was afraid to go to bed at night. My mom would leave the light on in her room to comfort me, which helped me to go to sleep at night.
cynthia mcloughlin © 2018
“I’ll be right in the next room…which was never close enough after a nightmare”. Oil on a brushed aluminum panel, 27″ x 27”, $1900

I am pushing myself to explore with paint in a more abstract style, trying to capture what I am feeling and playing with patterns, values and colors. Incorporating familiar colors, using brush strokes and manipulating the viscosity of the paint with solvents lead to the end result above.  It is hard for me to divorce myself from a recognizable image. I talk with a lot of painters and I always ask those that paint abstractly what their intent is and how they get from point A to the finished piece.  Most of them go completely on feeling.

I have always had more than my share of nightmares, especially when I was a kid. This one came from the depths of my psyche.

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