Big Little Paintings | Short Little Stories
by Brenda York
About the Book
This little book is the result of a year of making a bunch of little paintings and then writing short little stories to go with them. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that this could be my autobiography—a little twisted and a whole lot quirky.
I hope you enjoy my book!
Features & Details
- Category Arts & Photography
Small Square, 7×7 in, 18×18 cm
- Publish Date Feb 08, 2014
- Language English
- Tags short stories, children's art, whimsical art, gift book, small book, bright colors, birthday gift, award winning artist, Brenda York, daily painter, narrative art, children's book illustration, acrylic paint, mixed media art, whimsy, colorful, paintings, funny, people, abstract, quirky, silly, happy, fun, california, surrealism, illustrations, portraits, collage
As far back as I can remember, I have drawn and painted faces. In fact, there is much evidence pointing to the fact that I spent an inordinate amount of time drawing Sister Mary Francis in 3rd Grade instead of paying attention in math class. Recently, I've been interested in "deconstructing" the architecture of the face to see how far I can abstract it and still capture the intangible human qualities. I am drawn to rich, vibrant color and a whimsical, narrative approach to painting. My characters are quirky people painted with a sense of sophistication. The backgrounds of my paintings are typically thick, saturated pigment applied with a palette knife. I then draw back into the paint with symbols and words adding a linear and textural quality to the surface. I sometimes even include those elusive math symbols. Sister Mary Francis would be proud.