Gallery Underground is an Arlington Artists Alliance gallery in Crystal City, Arlington, VA, promoting the works of established regional artists. In partnership with Crystal City BID and JBG Smith, the Gallery hosts monthly shows featuring the work of members in the Main Gallery, and solo, group or national juried shows in the Focus Gallery. Receptions are held on the first Friday of the month from 5-7PM.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Elisabeth Hudgins - Leaf Impressions Series
Elisabeth Hudgins's contribution to this month's selections on painting in a series-
Leaves are part of my artistic vocabulary. To me they embody so much meaning: renewal, life cycles, being part of the elements of the earth. I often revisit this series, whenever I see exciting leaves or leaf shapes and patterns. I start by collecting the leaves. Then, I use the process of monoprinting with the leaves. In this process, I am actually applying paint on the leaf, and laying the leaf on the paper. Sometimes, I will use a watercolor technique and work "wet into wet", and other times I will use a collage technique. The hardest part is for waiting for the painting to dry, so I can pull up the leaves off the paper and see what happened. This is the unknown element that I find very exciting…. and creates the mystery and surprise of not quite knowing what the outcome will be.
Hemlock by Elisabeth Hudgins
The mediums I use: watercolor and collage, each allow a kind of transparency. After many years of working solely with the leaf shapes and patterns, I began to add layers of figure drawings to my leaf impressions. They appear almost as double exposures. Two unique images melded into one work.