|Excess Baggage Watercolor 25.5 x 16|
My own work is the product of a fusion of two stacks of suitcases. The glove was added upon the suggestion of one of the classroom artists and was painted from my very own globe.
I enjoy painting stacks of things....perhaps an attempt to maintain an illusion of balance, as well as to implicate the precarious nature of things....of life itself.
Most of the luggage was painted first with raw umber to indicate dark and light patterns. Glazes of color were added later. The use of this color, to me, not only implies leather, but also creates the feel of "all things vintage" A license plate with my husband's initials had to be included.
And as for the title "Excess Baggage"....don't we all have some? I am using this work to inspire me to travel more lightly, to maneuver my way with less stuff.