My paintings are an expression of my
personality. Obviously, I value the unexpected! In fact, I plan for
it. I start a collage by splashing different colors directly
on the canvas with a big brush. When that dries and it does quickly
with acrylics, I paste on sections of newspaper randomly. This first
layer is almost always completely covered up by the time I finish a
piece except some words or pictures are usually exposed by
chance. This is illustrated in the work “Classroom Pears” where that
bit of newsprint shows through. This is the kind a pleasant surprise
which I love!
Because I do not plan these paintings ahead of
time, only the theme is considered, for instance, like Legend’s
Amaretto Cake. From there I have no idea about where the painting
will go. And I paint fast. The papers, glue, stencils,
drawings, wallpaper and paint fly everywhere and my studio is a
mess. Going to extremes helps me express my intentions and
that that makes me feel good.
I know when a piece is finished when nothing can be
added or removed to my satisfaction. When people see my work, I’d
like them to examine the words, numbers, and pictures for the
unexpected and unanticipated. Also, there is just something
interesting to me about pears. Actually they remind me of people
with their varied dress and distinctive behavior patterns.
-Carolyn J. Faseler