I’m Wendy Givens and I joined Art on Broadway in April of 2015. I’m an artist who paints in acrylics and my work is all about color and shapes within which I find subjects with a touch of whimsy that emerge through the painting process. I work with a limited palette of colors that is consistent throughout all of my paintings. This helps to unify my paintings into a cohesive body of work. Recently, I have started a new series this fall called “Stories”. Each piece tells of a moment in time and encourages the viewer to imagine the story behind it.
As with most of my work, this painting started out as random shapes, textures and colors but the turquoise shape in the middle started to look like it could be made into a figure but it would have to be a tall figure. So the man on stilts was born and then the whole parade had to follow!
Many of my paintings incorporate texture, which can be built up using molding paste and drizzled tar gel or collaged rice paper. Sometimes I pull out older pieces that I am not completely satisfied with and use their texture as a jumping off point to develop a new work. As I establish new colored shapes, turn the canvas, work a bit more, eventually one of the shapes will stand out and I will find the subject for my painting. I continue to develop shapes and colors to unify and complete the composition. It’s a process that I find enjoyable, stirs my creativity and keeps me coming back to my easel.