Monday, February 4, 2013

Pam Jersey Bird- Looking at my Inspiration

A creek runs through my neighborhood and I walk the banks almost everyday with my dog. I watch the creek and foliage change from season to season and I have become fascinated by the movement of the water and the reflections of color and light. These observations have made their way in to my abstract paintings.

I will often do a 5 x 5" sketch in pencil to determine my values or a colored sketch to establish my colors before I start a large painting. I always work in a gestural style to represent the way I paint with strokes of color.

This is a painting I did on 30 x 22" paper in acrylic before doing the painting below on canvas. It was an interesting process of taking from the original and altering at the same time.

This is a finished painting entitled " Water and Tangles".  It is 48 x 36" on canvas in acrylic paint. I feel like the area in the upper right reads as sky in work on paper but in this painting it read more as water. I would love to hear any comments you may have on my process or inspiration.


  1. Pam,
    Thank you for allowing us to follow your thoughts towards this gorgeous painting. I like the way my eye circles around the piece and never wants to leave it. I think I prefer the one on paper for its complexity of color and depth. Both beautiful!

  2. Thanks for your comment, Helen. I was surprised at how the paintings compared when they both were reduced down to this small format. The large painting on canvas really has quite a presence when you see it in person.

  3. I find both images stunning! I am in love with every aspect!