• Amanda Armstrong

My Relationship... it's Complicated.

I don't know if you have seen on Instagram but I have ramped up the creative works for the upcoming show in April! But other than just share new works, I am really excited to share my process.

My newest abstract painting of an imaginary satellite image on Earth.

If you know my fine art photography work you will notice that my collections come from a more cerebral space. I enjoy doing intense studies on a topic that has inspired my work. This also pertains to my work in mixed media. Along with my continuing education classes in coaching, and therapeutic arts I have found intense studies to go with the narrative of my most current work.

A close up view of calmer water against a coast line. Part of one of my larger works for Aprils Show.

My relationship with nature is a peculiar one. I think you hear the work nature lover and automatically think of someone who hikes, or camps out in the wilderness. Myself, am not that person. I think nature lovers come in different packages too. Mine is a more of a love of the study and conservation of nature and science, in a more of a museum and curio cabinet way. I also tend to get strange grass reactions in forms of fun rashes. You will find me outside with a camera in inclement weather though. My relationship... it's complicated.

Hail Province, Saudi Arabia 2021 Google Earth, ©2021 CNES / Airbus, Maxar Technologies

My painted works are inspired by satellite images from Google earth that flash on my Chrome Cast as a screensaver. I started to take note how the coasts were these beautiful swirls of blue up against the harsh red deserts, where craters of red bled into the sand. These were abstract perfection. This led to my study of Alluvial fans, the images from over head where like perfect streams cutting through the earth. An alluvial plain is a mostly flat landform where sediment is deposited over time. The cause is the same: one or more rivers coming from highland regions. A floodplain is the smaller area over which the rivers flood at a particular period of time, and the alluvial plain is the larger area, where floodplains have shifted over geological time. -Wiki

A vast alluvial fan in the XinJiang province of China. The right side is the active part of the fan, and appears blue from water currently flowing in the many small streams. The image was acquired on May 2, 2002. Image credit: NASA / GSFC / METI / ERSDAC / JAROS / US-Japan ASTER Science Team.

I set off in my practice to recreate what mother nature (in absolute perfection) has already done on Earth, I needed a plan of attack on my canvas. Being deeply rooted in nature and science, I leaned into my past art schooling, and science passion. I wanted more control in the outcome I did not want to rely on the acrylic pour craft that is so popular right now. So I employed techniques of repelling; mixing oils and water, and alcohols and acrylics. So what I painted first, is something to be revealed after other treatments. This magical process created interesting and colorful craters, and sprawling vein-like features. These mimicked the natural features of wind blown land masses and surging coast lines.

In my abstract work I like to create crater that cut into a natural flow.

I have an accidental obsession in these crater looking forms, they appear on land and sea. You will see these crater type forms through my collection in painting and mixed media assemblages. This collection ( and so much more) will be featured, April at the Pasternack's Art Hub in the 40 West Arts District. Opening night will be the First Friday of April. More details and sneak previews to come, or go to my Instagram for lots of behind the scenes images, and to stay connected!

Before I seal and frame I like to test drive them in my home.

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