It’s finally Thursday! This has truly been the slowest most horrible week ever. I am one of the unfortunate Houstonians who lost power and water this week due to the winter storm. I lost power Sunday night and remained powerless for two days. Houston hasn't been this cold in February for at least 122 years. Temperatures reached as low as 10 degrees with sleet, snow, and iced roads. During the blackout, my time was distributed in my bed under four blankets because my house was 45 degrees and in my car to charge appliances. By day three power was restored to my home but with rolling blackouts. Every four hours we lost power for at least an hour. Nevertheless, some power was better than none. As for water on day three it was none existent upstairs with low water pressure downstairs. Day four we have power with low water pressure and toilets have to be refilled with water we stored in our tub to flush. Although I feel as if I have been through hell and back I still smile and relish the small wins such as power. Moments like these remind me of similar emotions I felt when I created my painting “Usps gloom technologies euphoria”. This college is the perfect college that was created when I encountered an equally gloomy time in 2012. The models all smile but what is behind the smile could they all be in denial of their circumstances or even their reality. We all hide the pain with a smile at some time or another. What pain could Mona Lisa be hiding behind the smile that she neglects to go admit?
My brain is cooking with new ideas for future compositions. This is a sculpture of Venus I sculpted on a computer monitor. My artwork has evolved and changed over the years. I have been painting at least since the age of 4, sold my first painting at an art auction at 10, and had my first museum show with the Contemporary art museum of Houston at 17. Over the past 30 years, my art evolved into the mixed media works of art that are produced today. I’ve truly made my own style of creating combining cut, and paste methods, painting, and sculpture.
“Venus of grace ”
Measurement: 26x17x2.75 Inches
Medium: Acrylic, glitter, ink on top of a computer monitor
“Asteroids in the night sky” was one of my favorite paintings to create and is a diamond in the rough. This painting was originally created for a celestial exhibition for @mexic_arte but never made it to the exhibition because of a time constraint with shipping.
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The phrase HollowDolls derives from the integrated feeling of hollowness resulting from the emptiness of awareness, maturity, and nostalgia. On occasion, I live in the memories of the past reflecting on times before the loss of family and interwoven relationships. A time where blissful ignorance was present.
Since the loss of my father fleeting images of the past became moments of interest adjacent to the present. I can be just as hollow as the subjects portrayed within my artworks but climbing out of the emptiness is the true journey. Hollowness results from emptiness when moments of the present are negated. Everything in life is created, evolve, and cease to exist. Each series I’ve created became a
promotion of acceptance of the present. The nostalgia experienced within the past are
feelings that are obtainable in the present by pursuing our aspirations.
The journey continues! This week I continued my creative journey of exploration. Since the development of covid-19, I've become more creatively free. Exploring more creative aspects such as integrating modeling paste with acrylic and pastels. Pastels were one of the first mediums I began using when I began creating art. The pandemic forced me to reflect on things that not only matter to me but influential moments of the past that embody who I am. I've always been an artist that integrates the nostalgic emotion of the past into my compositions. Nostalgia is a tethering thread that connects all of my artworks whether it's celestial compositions, vintage portraits, or week I began a new practice artwork. Shanti House is an image of a road trip I took a long time ago. I've been able to explore different methods of creating Because I haven't been working on a generalized series.
Every now and then an artist makes a boo boo! I forgot to fill in the white handle of my coffee cup! Before bed on occasion I like to sneak in a quick sketch! This was an image I took of myself when I realized I was all out of coffee! Has anyone else worked so intensely they reached for there coffee to realized they were sipping air?
As children, we all have images that resonate with memories of our youth. These images make us reminisce about simpler times and remember lost loved ones that have passed. I will forever think of my grandmothers when I see landscape paintings with bluegrass or a dusty sunrise that overlooks trees.
This week I began working on a portrait of my mother I always admired as a child. I'll always remember admiring old photos of my family members in my fathers' mother's scrapbooks. Everyone was glamorous and retro in the images of them in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. This image was a picture of my mother before she had children and before she married my dad. She might have been engaged to him at the time but she diffidently wasn't married to him yet. I love this image because this was a side of my mother I didn't know. Not knowing her as someone other than my mom created an allure of how she was then.
Two new commissions completed with custom frames! My clients wanted two images of children on the beach representing her kids. Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your Portrait, still life, or eclectic composition request! Each commission price will be tailors to each individual project and its complexities.
Happy Monday everyone!
Hopefully, you had a fun and safe Fourth of July weekend. On the fourth, I decided to hunt for the home that inspired my artwork Tuscany in Houston. Now and then I find inspiration even when I’m not looking for it. While I was driving to an art event I got stopped at a red light. While I sat at this light I turned to my left and noticed the most beautiful home through my window. This beautiful southern home looked as if it didn’t belong in Houston, but rather in Tuscany. Viewing this home provided a momentary escape to a place I have never been. This Fourth I wanted to revisit not only this home but the feelings I felt when I saw it. Although the Tuscan home looked the same the botanicals were different having no florals insight.
Brittany lives and works in Houston, Texas where she was born and raised. Growing up with a car artist father, and an educator mother she was taught to follow her dreams and accomplish her goals. Her experience in the art world has taught her to incorporate what she loves and what she knows to create innovative works of art.