Clear and transparent with calm yet full of enticing energy to bring you closer. I liken this painting to a crystal with clear unfettered areas that are also, on closer reflection, made up of tiny particles. Icy like a fractured frozen puddle. Fluid, like water or glass. Hard, yet cut to shine and catch light. Imperfections give an unexpected glimmer. There’s a lightness within Crystalline that imparts serenity. Built up with many layers of glazes that allow underlying structure to come through, the painting draws the viewer in to look underneath as well as around to the layered textures that impart vitality.

I love uncovering things and the mystery within layers. Guiding the eye are white lines that free flow and yet are also purposely used in areas to fracture the plane and create another layer of depth. Applying other lines while larger passages are damp, allow for free edges that wisp into spaces and add another visual interest. I’ve been told by collectors that they love seeing new areas as they live with the paintings that previously they hadn’t seen. I do that to keep visual freshness and interest! That’s why an area may be opaque over an area that’s transparent. Or a passage that is very textured will be near a flat area. Cool color areas of blue, aqua and greens are juxtaposed with warm greens, magentas and some pink undertones. Controlled paint passages are found near spontaneously applied painted spaces. Contrasts are important for movement within a painting. This painting has a solid base with the textural dark area at the bottom so it feels grounded and fed from below while held to the sides by fine darker toned lines to anchor it from floating away into the light fractures above. ” – Patty Ripley on Crystalline, available at The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC


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