The Artist

Cassandra Swierenga's avatar Cassandra Swierenga

Entitled "The Artist", this piece is oil on canvas, 3 feet by 6 feet, created by sculpting the paint onto the canvas with a palette knife and adding layers of color with a brush. To create the rich impasto textures I start by layering vivid hues of under painting and building layer on layer of broad strokes, the paint feeling like whipped cream when applied initially and then I used a smooth milky texture to finish. My parents and I were at the Art Institute in Chicago enjoying a coffee break in the June sunshine. What really solidified my choice to paint my mom relaxing in the sun was the contrast of flesh tones and the pale greens against the cool shadows of the building and warmth of the floor. I owe a lot of my inspiration to create to her: she sees design and color and balance and spatial unity in all her environs. She appears strong and vibrant in this piece but her expression belies her uncertainty: "am I an artist? "she muses; I would say with certainty- yes!

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Width: 3 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 6 feet