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Featured Gallery: The McLoughlin Gallery > The Lady Bug's Journey by Bryan M. Boutwell

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I wanted to paint a series of small canvas panels that would portray the abstract journey of a Lady Bug and the colors that would surround this quest. I've been experimenting lately with a lose approach to my abstract paintings. Instead of the tight lines creating more definite shapes and distinction between the colors, I've oppositely been choosing to paint with a blurred brush stroke. This casual approach has resulted in a flow that seems to melt into itself rather than to layer itself as would the layers in a Photoshop image. By nature I tend to gravitate towards a more design type of feel rather than letting the color fall outside of the lines. It's taken me some time to achieve the confidence needed to paint in this fashion. Leaving the technicality to chance in some situations can be scary, however it also allows for the freedom regarding the mystery in the end result. I love to control paint and to create the image in my head, but its rewarding to let the painting have a voice of its own. It makes me feel as if I'm being generous in a way. To give credit to chance is to experience the youthfulness of being surprised.

Bryan M. Boutwell

represented by

The McLoughlin

The McLoughlin Gallery is an approachable, inviting gallery with a social conscience. The mission of the gallery is to educate and intrigue by showcasing established mid-career and emerging contemporary artists whose work is unique, integrating bright, bold colors and conveying an emotional punch. Art work that makes you think. A portion of proceeds will benefit Glide and Stanford Breast Cancer Research. The McLoughlin Gallery is an independent enterprise not associated or connected with Stanford University and its activities are not ...

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