Dorothy FaganDuring my Artist in Residency at Musee de La Grande Vigne in Dinan, I became fascinated by the juxtaposition of ancient stone structures and vital new life.

Vibrant people flourished in outdoor cafes alongside Medieval buildings. Profusions of blooming flowers spilled from every window. Lush stalks of lavender thistle blossomed in a old, dried thicket inside the protective walls of the ancient, abbey courtyard at Lehon.

Using vine charcoal and oil wash, I began drawing into wet and dry paint. Limiting myself to a split-complimentary palette of Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Light, Ultramarine Blue and Manganese Blue, Indian Yellow and Cadmium Lemon and Titanium White, I began using Gamblin Fastmatte Alkyds and Gamsol for the toothy, matte surface and quick drying time.

Each image begins with a juxtaposition ancient structure and new life. Writing about it I come to a safe place, and the wall between painting and drawing fuses to mixed media. Like thistle in the abbey courtyard, I find myself in the symbols. Invigorated by the subtle vibration of a thin veil of Ultramarine wash against a warm gold-green form and vigorous calligraphic line ~ I draw a deep breath. Creativity becomes physical.

“Using vine charcoal and oil wash, I began drawing into wet and dry paint. Each begins with a juxtaposition ancient structure and new life, and the wall between painting and drawing fuses to mixed media. Like thistle in the abbey courtyard, I find myself in the symbols.” – Dorothy Fagan

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