Monday, April 30, 2012

Fill in the Blanks- Artists as Collectors

Painter Denise Bellon West is this week's guest blogger for our Artist as Collector series.
Whisperer (Denise's title for the piece)
Acrylic and mixed media on plexiglass
©2012Damon La Scala
I know that I have to have a painting when I need to catch my breath every time I see it. It stirs something inside me. It could be the colors or the feeling it evokes or whatever... This was one such painting by Damon La Scala. 
I’d had my eye on it for several months, maybe a year. It was at a design center in Denver where I used to get my framing done when I lived there.  It was a non-representational piece created by pouring paint on a sheet of acrylic and then backed with gold leaf.  All I could ever see was a tribe of Indians (I get weak in the knees when I think of the Old West and riding free on horses) splashing through the water. 
It always there waiting for me when I came in.  Eventually, I decided I couldn’t be without it any longer.  I had it framed, and it is now in my studio as a constant inspiration to keep me from putting too much information in my paintings. 
Let the mind fill in the blanks. Let the mind wander and dream. 
Let the imagination go free!

Denise Bellon West recently moved her home and studio from the mountains of Colorado to be surrounded by the red rocky monoliths of Sedona. Her passion for the West - and for life can be seen through her dynamic compositions, expressive brushstrokes and courageous color.


Denise Bellon West said...

Great job, Nanci! Great job, Damon!

Nanci Hersh said...

Thanks for introducing us to Damon's work Denise, and I love what you said about leaving space in our work...

great insight!