June 1, 2021
New work in the studio
I have been busy working on new florals this spring, Playing with layers of dye, acrylic, ink, and the final layer of oil. These pieces symbolize the things we have no control over in life, The shade is poured, and the canvas is tipped and turned. The dye runs where it wants and seeps into the canvas. Then the paint is added in a grid formation responding to the dye. Symbolizing how we begin to order, arrange and make sense of our experiences and attempt to balance our lives. The final layer is applied with oil paint—symbolizing our vibrant resilience.
I also had the privilege of working on a commission for a friend; I ironically was asked to paint a hummingbird into her painting. The same day I was working on her new artwork, I saw a hummingbird in my yard. Later that day, I was moving a plant where I had spotted the bird cleaning his wings in my garden. I spotted a tiny sparkly red speck on the plant. Upon further inspection, I noticed it was a feather. A Hummingbird feather!! I was so excited. It was like finding a bit of magic in my garden. I added red metallic sparkle to the hummingbird in the painting. I looked up the significance of spotting a hummingbird. Here is what I found. The hummingbird represents an ancient symbol of joy and happiness. Its colorful appearance brings good luck and positive energy to our lives. No matter what your challenges are, the hummingbird spirit animal is there to help and guide you. I wish you all joy and happiness and, as always, a bit of good luck.
Maggie Bandstra, Artist,