Featured Artist Sarah Stone

The otherworldly mixed media paintings of Sarah Stone draw their themes from nature, folklore, myths and dreams. Please visit her website to see more of her art.

 

Everything's Connected

“Everything’s Connected” 18″ x 24″ mixed media on Arches watercolor paper

 

I get my inspirations for paintings from nature, folklore, myths and dreams, joining archetypal themes from many cultures to reveal fundamental roots that connect all tribes of people and the environments we share.

 

Mariposa

“Mariposa” 18″ x 24″ oil on birch panel

 

Ideas come to me in the space between dreaming and waking. I keep a sketchbook next to the bed to grab them, using these impressions to explore different renderings and color palettes throughout the day.

 

Persephone

“Persephone” 12″ x 24″ oil on birch panel

 

After I have a sketch I’m happy with, I research the mythic and folkloric aspects of my idea. This might seem backwards, you would think an artist would start with the story they want to tell and then arrive at the sketch, but I want to see what my subconscious pulls up from the deep before I start engaging linear thought processes. This research often adds new dimensions to the composition.

 

Hawk

“Hawk” 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas

 

I start with chaos and work towards order. Each painting begins by splattering acrylic colors randomly onto the surface of a cradled board or canvas, allowing the pigments to drip and flow back and forth until they arrive at a pleasing pattern. I then apply my drawing with Contécrayon, allowing for sketchy corrections around the main image that often remain visible in the finished pieces.

 

Agave Rabbit

“Agave Rabbit” 12″ x 24″ oil on birch panel

 

After this I cover the surface with a thin, gradient wash of oil color, allowing the background to show through. I build up layers of complementary oil colors, letting each layer peek into the next. Sometimes I rub or sand areas to reveal more of what is underneath. This communication between layers creates a bouncy visual harmonic giving the finished paintings a lot of energy.

 

The artist Sarah Stone in her studio

The artist Sarah Stone in her studio

 

My studio is indoor/outdoor, which really affects my work. Nature is all around me when I paint, and always becomes part of my subject matter. This is one reason I paint with (Holbein’s) water miscible oils. These versatile oil paints clean up with soap and water keeping toxic vapors and solvents from escaping into the environment.

 

Blood Moon Shooting Stars

“Blood Moon Shooting Stars” 18″ x 24″ oil on birch panel

 

Though each of my artworks have their own distinct personalities, they all contain similar DNA: bright colors for life energy, yin and yang elements representing balancing dualities, and roots, veins or flow patterns to evoke connections, passages or transitions.

 

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  1. What wonderful paintings Sarah! As someone interested in mythology and folklore, I am fascinated by your images…

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