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Still Life Collection, "It's In The Bag #1" Painting


Still Life Collection "It's All In The Bag" 

Title:  "It's In The Bag #1"

24"x30" Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas

Artist:  Kimberly J. Franklin

About "It's All In The Bag" Painting

We often mistake the simple things of life such as bags and boxes as mundane.  But it is by taking a closer look at these simplicities such as shipping bags, decorated boxes, and packages, that we find quite a different story.  Each bag has texture, line, form and sometimes amazing color.  And it is in the anticipation of divulging the contents of each package that adds the to the mystery and to our excitement.  It is in the moment of revealing that evokes the most emotions.  The simplicity that then leads to excitement becomes the total package which transports the mundane to extraordinary.  

This painting is first sketched in charcoal from a still-life presentation.  Acrylic paints are then added followed by textural elements such as paper and fabric which are adhered by a gel medium.  Once this is done, paint is then added and blended into the textural elements to unify the painting.  The colors are seducing, the designs are exciting, and the overall painting becomes a charming vision and discussion.  Let this It's All In The Bag painting move you by hanging in your home, office, restaurant or studio! 

Artist's Statement

The mundane is not necessarily what we assume.  It is only by looking carefully at the simple, the still, and the uneventful that we find complex form, exquisite angles, sumptuous subtlety, and intricate design that we might have otherwise overlooked.  These still-lifes from bags and boxes are an excellent example that debunks our frivolous assumption.  By careful examination, we find that these simple forms are extraordinary.  And then there is the element of surprise and anticipation that add the thrill of these charming paintings.

Artist's Biography

Kimberly Tracy (Franklin) was always mesmerized by color and creativity since her early childhood, and she was always creating something whether it be costumes to handmade books and drawings, as expression was her first language.  

During college in New Mexico, Kimberly's studies of Biology and Chemistry fascinated her as she became particularly enamored with the intricate, pattern-filled cellular structures under a microscope, all throughout nature, and forms within the human body.  The lovely surroundings of the dry yet colorful deserts of the area also captivated her, as did the work of artists from the region like Georgia O' Keeffe.  She feel in love with Georgia's folded flowers, sumptuous undulating landscapes, bending hills, and splendid color and light.  After taking several art courses, Kimberly's love of art inspirations and the patterns and forms from Biology began to be articulated in her artwork.

Flowing, colorful, decorative and ethereal, Kim Franklin's work conveys a sensation of life.  The ebb and flow of life from landscape to ocean has shaped her artistic language and vision.  In her own worlds, "these rich experiences and relics have found their way into my dreams and onto my canvases."   

"May these paintings transform you as much as they have transformed me."

Kimberly J. Franklin         

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