Abstract Acrylic Paintings by Marcia Wegman
Tuesday, November 6, 2012-Friday, November 30, 2012
Marcia Wegman grew up in Columbus, Ohio but has lived most of her adult life in Iowa City, Iowa. She studied Graphic Design at Miami University and moved to Iowa City to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking. For the past 35 years, she has studied art through classes and workshops and realized her passion to create in other media. She has worked with oil, watercolor, acrylic, papermaking, paper jewelry, and mixed media collage. Today, Marcia is most known for her pastel landscapes, an interest she began fostering in the 1990s and one she refers to as a “perfect” medium for her. However, this medium has not kept her from continuing to cultivate her skills in other areas, which affords MAE the opportunity to showcase her abstract acrylic paintings.
Several times a year, I put away my numerous boxes of pastels, clear off the studio table, bring all the various tubes and bottles of acrylic paint, a wide assortment of brushes and tools, various sizes of canvases up out of the basement, and spend several weeks immersed in abstract painting. This is an exciting switching of gears where I go from representational landscapes using my photo references to working entirely from my imagination and allowing the color, forms, and marks that I randomly apply to begin to guide the direction of the painting.
I think of the pastel paintings as a very outward directed journey and the abstracts an inward and more spiritual journey. With the pastel landscapes, I have a concept in mind when I begin; with the abstracts it is all a surprise with the destination unknown and the journey itself as significant as the end result. The abstracts usually end up with some suggestion of a landscape, as nature is the underlying inspiration for both ways of painting.