JAN FORDYCE PAINTING
©2017 Jan Fordyce, Below the Surface, 30x40 oil and resin on canvas
New painting from the studio exploring patterns in water and how what is below the surface influences what is seen on the surface.
©2015 Jan Fordyce, Expanding, 36x48 oil on canvas on exhibit at:
All Colorado Show Art Show
at the Curtis Center for Arts and Humanities
Show runs from Oct. 14- Dec. 23, 2017
Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30, Sat. 10-4
Please join me at the opening reception on Oct. 14th from 6-8!
Address: Curtis Center for Arts and Humanities
2394 E. Orchard Rd. Greenwood Village, Co. 80121
©2017 Jan Fordyce, Water Jewels, 10"x10" each, resin and mixed media
I have been experimenting with some resin and mixed media on panels exploring the ideas of water in different forms. Here are a couple of my newest pieces. I call them little water jewels.
©2017 Jan Fordyce, Water Jewels Ripple, 16"x16" resin and mixed media.
We just returned from an amazing trip to Africa. We traveled to Johannesburg South Africa to on Zambia where we spent most of our time viewing the amazing animals and meeting the warm friendly people of the area. Throughout the trip a word kept coming up as I was visually describing the visual images I was seeing, and that was: PATTERNS. From the beautiful spots of the leopard’s coat to the colorful patterns of the village women’s clothing I was struck on how patterns were all around me.
Our guide asked me the first morning we were out on safari what animals I really wanted to see, so I told him elephants, zebras and giraffes. For him that was an easy task as around the corner we saw our first couple of giraffes. The pattern of their geometric design covered them from head to hoof and darkened as they aged. The giraffe were quite accommodating in posing for photos. They are such an awkward tall creatures with little heads but very calm and quite humorous as one would slyly nudge the other out of the way so he could have center stage for a photo.
The zebras did not display calm and were a bit skittish as we approached. Their amazing black and white curved stripes were perfectly placed around their heads and bodies almost as if graphic designer had painted them on. Our guide told us that when a lion approaches they will huddle together and create an optical illusion to confuse the lion visually.
The leopard was for me the most beautiful of the animals we saw. The spotted coat was perfectly adapted for the filtered light of sun coming down through the trees. At times, it was very hard to spot a leopard even when one was pointed out.
The women in the village teated us to some traditional dancing and preforming in their colorful patterned clothing. Each woman was so beautiful in her own way and so warm and friendly.
Even the landscape provided patterns, especially when we were out in the late afternoon and the sun was going down. The beautiful Luangwa River and land around it offered lots of inspiration for future paintings.
As I look at my paintings of water, I notice patterns constantly occurring in the water shapes and reflections that intrigue me visually and inspire my work. I now have many addition ideas and patternsfrom Africa to inspire future paintings.
Colorful clothing patterns.