Search

Scratch This Itch

Jean Synodinos | Austin, TX

Tag

abstract

How I Remember It

How I Remember It
How I Remember It (acrylic, 24 x 36)

I woke up the morning of December 11th from a wonderful dream. I think of it as the last time I saw Charles. He was healthy and well, and we were floating on a lake together, in a rowboat. Continue reading “How I Remember It”

There’s Always a Crack

Following up on Spires, this 12″ x 12″ canvas also features gold in the “crack,” another nod to Kintsugi. I’ve name it “There’s a Crack in Everything,” which is the first half of my favorite Leonard Cohen quote.

"There's a Crack in Everything," mixed media, 12" x 12"
“There’s a Crack in Everything,” mixed media, 12″ x 12″

Spires

 

Spires. Mixed media, 20" x 24"
Spires. Mixed media, 20″ x 24″

 

Ever since painting Surface Tension, Fizz, and a few other pieces yet to be posted on this site, I’ve been drawn to a combination of watercolor or gouache with acrylic.

And, I’m increasingly drawn to highlighting imperfection and flaws. In my sadness over the last few months, I’ve stumbled into Kintsugi, the Japanese philosophy of repairing cracks in pottery with gold. Continue reading “Spires”

Neighbors

If there’s one thing I’m sure of, the stories each person, each family are remarkably similar. The characters may have different names, may look and sound different, but we have common denominators–victories, failures, endurance, and comic relief.

Continue reading “Neighbors”

This is Where Your Prayers Go

We look to celestial bodies and direct our prayers, changes, incantations, proclamations–we pitch them up to the skies, as though they’ll be caught, as though we’ll get an answer. Continue reading “This is Where Your Prayers Go”

Circles

Thought I’d share three smaller acrylic works, each 6″ x 12″. All painted with palette knives, then stamped with circles, then highly glossed. I tend to keep at least one smaller canvas going whenever I’m working on a larger one–something to work on while waiting for paint to dry. 🙂 Continue reading “Circles”

Magical Thinking

My marriage, like many relationships, was full of magical thinking–the search for beautiful patterns demonstrating that, well, everything’s going to be wonderful after all.

Continue reading “Magical Thinking”

Blue Eyes & Lips

Well, not so much blue as teal, really. Continue reading “Blue Eyes & Lips”

I Felt Like the One on the Left

Some paintings just jump out of my fingers as if I’m simply the channel through which they’re born. Others take true labor, enormous consideration, and months of adjustment until they are done. Witness I Felt Like the One on the Left. Continue reading “I Felt Like the One on the Left”

Night & Day

I just sold this painting to a wonderful couple up in Salt Lake City, I couldn’t be happier about it, either. I learned a lot doing this particular canvas. Continue reading “Night & Day”

Fizz!

Summer colors, popping. That was the goal. Continue reading “Fizz!”

Quarter Notes

I’ve been taking a fresh look at this painting, “Quarter Notes,” which is about a year old now. I remember thinking at the time that it seemed too easy, but that’s a ridiculous way to think about creativity. Continue reading “Quarter Notes”

Original Sin

 

This is my first favorite painting, the first one that made me go, “yeah, I want that on the wall.” And it hangs over my bed against a red, red wall. Continue reading “Original Sin”

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: