Dark Art Experiments

Hi Friends,

I know what you’re thinking. The three paintings in this newsletter don’t look like my work. And that’s why I like them! They’re different than anything I’ve done before.

These paintings are not pretty like a lot of my other art. They’re dark and foreboding. They look like illustrations for the ominous part of a fairy tale.

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Cassandra Tondro painting

“Into the Woods,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Cassandra Tondro painting

“New Moon,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Cassandra Tondro painting

“Beneath the Surface,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Once again it’s the work of the power sander. I took three paintings that I didn’t like, covered them with black paint, and then sanded them down. It’s not the answer for all reject paintings, but I do sometimes get interesting results.

I felt like doing something using black because it seems like there are a lot of dark things happening these days, and in the northern hemisphere, we’re heading into the darkest time of year. I’m feeling the darkness!

I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting lately, looking for a new direction, and waiting to see what wants to emerge. I don’t know where I’ll end up, or if I’ll end up anywhere at all. Maybe the experiments are the direction. Maybe it’s just one experiment after another!

Are you feeling the darkness? How do you deal with it? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,
Cassandra

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