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Four Artists, 12 Months: Month #6 – “POWERFUL”

Wow! They’re halfway through their year-long collaborative project! Each month, four artists interpret a theme using a 12″x12″ Deep Cradled Ampersand Gessobord and the medium of their choice. At the end of the 12 months, they will all come together for an exhibition. See our original post for the details of this wonderful collaboration.

The sixth month’s theme is “Powerful” and is to be interpreted using angles.

Check out their work below to see their take using their own unique approach and style.

Meg Walling
“Tour de Force (POWERFUL)”
Oil and Cold Wax on Ampersand Cradled Gessobord 12” X 12”

This is how I convey powerful using paint: Powerful becomes palpable using sharp lines, points, intersections and saturated color. This is how I think about powerful. It is not the same as quiet assurance. Powerful energy fills the room, commands attention, imposes intention. It is the trumpet in the orchestra. I have to wonder about the backstory. Is the powerful energy a cloak of protection against fear or defense against hurt? Does power reveal a courageous stand for principle or desperate need to prevail or assert control? Is this strength of conviction or strategy for safety?”

Sylvia Torres
“What’s Your Angle?”
Oil, Cold Wax, Powdered Marble on Ampersand Cradled Gessobord 12” X 12”

“Powerful usually means big, loud and strong but there is also a quiet strength of fortitude and resilience. The angles here gently connect and provide a quiet moral fiber and inner strength to withstand pressures.”


Andrea Raft
“Words Have Power”

Folded book, book pages, and acrylic paint on Ampersand Cradled Gessobord 12” X 12”. Sides included.

“When I first began to think about the subject “Powerful”, what came to mind was the power of words! Words have the power to heal or destroy. In today’s world, we are witness to this power. I am leaving it to the viewer to decide how they view the “Words Have Power.” Besides the use of bows and arrows, sharp pointed objects angled to make their mark, words matter!”

Pat Kodet

Acrylic on Ampersand Cradled Gessobord 12” X 12”

“I painted red and blues on my power piece. I think my piece turned slightly political, with reds on one side, blues on the other and some peace keeper purples in the middle.”


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