Missy Block - Painting
I love the artistic qualities in wood, the lines and texture. I seek to embrace and enhance them. My work reflects my desire to find peace and calm in everyday life. Observing and honoring the beauty of nature has allowed me to find my artistic niche.
My pieces are often perceived to be literal representations of horizons. This is pure conjecture. My fulltime job requires extreme attention to detail and multitasking, often till mental exhaustion. I must find balance and set boundaries, for peace and sanity. My paintings reflect these boundaries and lines, textures and layers, balance and proportion.
Lines are life. They represent movement and boundaries: firm, bold, subtle, crooked, delicate. Lines in nature are not "perfect" - this has given me perspective and awareness on perfection in my own life.
I create with chalk, watercolor, acrylic, oil pastel, water and graphite. The feeling of picking up a piece of wood, observing the imperfections and texture and lines; watching the wood absorb the medium I use... it is exciting.
My recent series on canvas was an attempt to mimic wood by using layers, lines, texture, and translucency. I created these pieces outside in nature, for inspiration and energy. The work is organic and free, just as nature.
My signature thin gold line, often a finishing touch, no matter how thin - wraps and holds everything together. A dainty boy or a firm boundary?
SAA Collective Gallery
105 N. 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Wednesday - Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM
SAA Main Campus
School of Art (Studios),
Michael Victor II Art Library,
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, and Edwards Place
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM