December 28, 2021 – Found One of My 2005 (or so) Gesso / Oil In-lays on Canvas With a Landscape Relief Texture That Pre-figures My Light Molding Paste Painting Experiments I’m Doing Now!

2005 (or so) Gesso / Oil In-lays on 16x20 Canvas With a Landscape Relief Texture ©Felipe Adan Lerma
2005 (or so) Gesso / Oil In-lays on 16×20 Canvas With a Landscape Relief Texture ©Felipe Adan Lerma


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September 11, 2021 – “Fantasy Walk” : Figure Art on Light Molding Paste on Canvas, Calling it Done, Sorta….
Autumn Friends, circa 1985 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

So there, in the 3 images above, between my featured image of my gesso-textured oil layin from 2005, my current watercolor / acrylic from 2021, and my 1986 acrylic, is a pattern of mine of searching for how best, or at all, to not only work in texture into my painting, but to actually have my slightly sculptured rendition be the painting.

What’s especially amazing to me is how I’ve cycled or circled back around to today’s acrylics (sometimes now adding watercolors) from where I began in the early 1980s, and all along searched for ways to create texture and sculpt my figures.

And what I’m beginning to wonder about is, how and why am I seeing figures, partial or abstracted or otherwise, so often now, no matter how I texture or sculpt or color even my abstract work? Much like what happened, the one time in the 80s with my abstract, Autumn Friends. The figures weren’t intentional, and I am so grateful I didn’t swipe the canvas clean of them, or, trying to “configure” them “more clearly” lol!

I’ll offer one of the more brazen 😏 more recent ( just before Christmas ) example; brazen ’cause now that my wife and I “see” the figures, we can’t unsee them!

Ladies in the Room ©Felipe Adan Lerma 16x20 acrylic on canvas, Dec 2021
Ladies in the Room ©Felipe Adan Lerma 16×20 acrylic on canvas, Dec 2021

While other examples of seen figures, are small, tiny, even playful, like The Smile in the Moon
The Smile in the Moon ©Felipe Adan Lerma, in-progress Dec 2021

And except for Fantasy Walk above, the seen figures are all unintentionally so.

Joan Mitchell, abstract artist, seems to say, I think, there are the landscapes inside us, and figures seem to be a big part of the landscape inside me I think. The book I’m reading, The Adjacent Possible, also points to this vast often unrealized world within us (see Tweet below).

All this new-to-me information is so much better than when I nearly automatically thought – when I’d see an unintended figure or landscape in my abstract – that I’d done something wrong, and all that goes with thinking like that, lol!

So I am very happy being able to, even living here in Texas, semi-isolated like so many of us worldwide due to the virus, and still be able to learn, feel better about what I am doing, and actually be able to share these things with other folks!

So stay well everyone! Be brave, be daring – creatively! And be as careful as you feel the need to be otherwise 🙏 ❤️


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