I think a little messy is healthy. Find unmanicured far more interesting. And enjoy the uncommon.
When creating my semi abstract artworks, I begin with design—a holdover from my days in the advertising industry. Little thumbnail drawings begin to untangle the nest of inspirations and begin the process of establishing order. Subject matter and color, medium and size, paint application and story, each contribute something important in this early design process. This convergence of ideas spills out into little designs in black and white, then evolve into small color drafts, created to evaluate the possibilities of larger works.
The foundation is laid but the details are to be determined once the painting process begins. I create art that is grounded in reality while obviously playing with it—reshaping forms and reinterpreting color. Lines sometimes do the heavy lifting, and at other times its color and form that carry the piece to life. I enjoy the painting process itself—scrubbing out complete paintings only to discover half way through that the scrubbing is actually helping to merge elements and improve the work. What a great experience.
My treatment of edges is key to my working style. I love a coarsely defined area that dissolves into another, and even a crisp edge that melts into a softened area. It keeps my eye moving around the piece and not settling on any one area. This variation keeps me going till the fundamental elements feel right. No science. No measuring. No roadmap to a destination. Just a feeling that things have arrived.
|Ann (Mason) Trainor Domingue was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and lived many years in Barrington, Rhode Island before settling in New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a BA Studio degree in Painting and has pursued a career as an artist working as an art director/designer, illustrator, teacher and painter. Ann is a Copley Fellow of the Copley Society of Art in Boston. In 2014 she was awarded an Artist Residency at the historic Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Her work hangs in many private and public collections across the country including the permanent collections of Coverys Boston, Southern New Hampshire University, Keene State College, Hampshire Plaza Tower, Tenn and Tenn law firm, Catholic Medical Center and Manchester Place in Manchester, NH. Ann’s work has been juried into many exhibitions and won awards including the Copley Society of Art, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art/New Hampshire Art Association Annual Exhibitions, New Hampshire Institute of Art Biennials, as well as New England Watercolor Society and Cape Cod Art Association national and regional exhibitions.
Her award-winning career as an advertising art director and designer has influenced her sense of composition and use of color. Her preferred medium is acrylic primarily for the versatility of surface and drying options.