In between kiln firings, I've been working on a new canvas painting.   Finally this abstract expressionist painting Love is like a Ball and Chain, Ingrid Lee 2012,  acrylic on canvas 122 cm x 81.5 cm, part of the Destiny and Love series is finished, so I'm just writing a quick post as Christmas is a busy time with baking and concerts and parties, one hundred and one other things...and painting of course!

Love is like a Ball and Chain, Ingrid Lee 2012, acrylic on canvas 122 cm x 81.5cm

The main lyrics of the song Ball and Chain by Janis Joplin inspired this painting...particularly the idea that some types of love we feel, or the emotions attached to it, feel like a ball and chain, it's heavy: emotionally, mentally and physically draining, and in my experience, at the end of the day, probably not the right relationship.  I don't have much more time to explain the painting today....sorry 😉  But basically the movement of line work and colour reflects the rhythm and signatures of the music (see another painting where I have used this technique).  The impassioned quality of Janis' voice, and the raw edge is reflected in the imperfect brush strokes (or should I say undefined rather than imperfect) and the large broad layers of brushwork...especially the layered reds, and around the greens.  The complimentary colours I've used to connote the guitar work in the music in contrast to Janis' voice. Largely I have tried to capture the essence of her emotionally charged performance captured in this clip.

Here's the video clip, Ball and Chain, Janis Joplin 1967  Monterey Festival....



During the process of painting these works, including the ones on porcelain, they are creating the story of where the final paintings will explore the notion of destiny.  Over the next few weeks during the festive season, I'm mainly working on porcelain.  So this is probably the last canvas painting for the year.


See another painting inspired by music "Air that I breathe"




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  1. Tony Gittins
    January 24, 2013 -

    I just love "Love is like a Ball and Chain"...the painting! Great use of colour!

    • January 24, 2013 -

      Thanks very much Tony, I'm happy you like it...I really like this painting too, it has a lot of personal meaning...but I enjoy the result of the expression too. If you are on facebook, please visit the fan pages to see more of my work or Thanks for your comments :) Ingrid

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