My more recent work has much brighter colors, and there are overt references to politics, and the pandemic. The use of cold wax and palette knife in many of the ‘The Signs Were There’ series also loosens the style. The ‘Covid Bubbles’ series also frees the work from accurate perspective and opens up possibilities for expression.
‘The Signs Were There’ series of paintings focuses on the lead up to the pandemic. Signs are seen in different landscapes signifying things that should have been noticed. The use of orange is prominent in most pieces.
The ‘Covid Bubbles’ series warps the perspective as if seen through a fish-eye lens. It creates little self contained worlds __ like we were all doing in our daily lives during the early to middle pandemic. This distortion of the horizon continues on to later series like ‘Roads’ and ‘Contrails.’
The ‘Pyrography’ series is a departure in style. Using mostly a butane hand torch, and occasionally wood burning tools on wood panel and then adding oil paint. The paintings are directed primarily by the grain of the wood. In some pieces it adds striking details __ in others the oil paint covers the grain almost completely.
David Diethelm is a painter, illustrator, Publisher of Eco-Justice Press | Aurora Books | Image West Press, and founder of TinyArtGallery.org.
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