Galleries : Wendy Weldon: A reflective artist
Wendy Weldon is moving from her house into her studio for the summer. Like her paintings that will appear in her up-coming show, "Barn Elements," at Shaw Cramer Gallery, she is in transition.
Despite the chaos that moving even a few hundred yards can cause, Ms. Weldon's energy and enthusiasm for change is boundless. "I am having the best time in my studio in years," she says.
Turning to a stack of neatly matted monotypes on a cluttered worktable, Ms. Weldon proudly begins holding them up. They are among her new works for the show which will open the Vineyard Haven gallery's summer season.
Her iconic barn theme is present, but the roof, sky and earth merge to create more abstract images. The colors in the monotypes are relatively soft compared to the bold and robust colors of the canvas paintings that are stacked against the wall.
"They are not simply monotype prints," Ms. Weldon says, explaining that the surface is manipulated with paint and with her trademark use of gold leaf. They are mixed media works with the quality of texture that she adds to her paintings through sanding and layering.
Ms. Weldon points to a large barn painting propped up against the wall. She then pulls out a print and brings it to the painting it inspired. "What's so amazing is that some of these monotypes translate into paintings," she says. "Something happens in the transition."
An alchemist through whom the pastel sky of the print turns into a fiery red sunset on canvas and whose touch turns the calm blue sea into a lively cerulean, Ms. Weldon marvels at the magic in the transition. "See the little barn in the corner of the canvas?" she asks. "It just showed up - go figure."
Most artists accept the idea that their work takes on a life of its own, and Wendy Weldon is no exception. "There are voices in my paintings. What's great about being an artist is that it all goes through you. You get the messages of what to do. The whole idea is to be more abstract.