After years of figure paintings, I entered a bit of a neurotic phase. There were good personal reasons for this, really, and it was therapeutic and cathartic for me, in ways I can't quite explain. They're based on the kind of "bored in a meeting" doodles I'd been doing for years. And still do, actually. OK, maybe I'm still just a weensie bit neurotic. ;)
The first, from February '89, is titled "Arabesque." I have since discovered paint pens, which are ideal for this type of work; but at the time (actually, with all the neurotic paintings), I was using a brush. This accounts for the variation in line thickness.
Next is "Lilith Amazed," from October '91. This was a wedding present for two dark goth friends. It combines the neurotic style of the recent paintings with the figure painting of old; in fact, it's the last figure painting I've done.
The next phase of my artwork defines a whole new level of neurotic, but that will wait for next time.
In the meantime, a few more pictures to make your visit worthwhile. The goth-ware below was all painted in '88/'89.
First is my "Swirl Dress." I bought a long black vest, which I painted and wore as a dress (sometimes it's handy being too short for the world!). Friends called this my "Puzzle Dress" because they thought the painting looked like puzzle pieces.
The next two are interchangeable jacket panels I painted for the then-husband in 1989. The first is based on the Love & Rockets "Express" album cover:
The second is based on the"Love and Rockets" album cover:
And last but certainly not least, my beloved Siouxsie jacket, painted the summer of 89.
It was based on this image from 1982:
(Comments and ratings always appreciated!)