Sally Meding

Sally’s watercolor paintings reflect her passion for color and shape. She playfully abstracts familiar everyday objects using a a kaleidoscope of harmonious color. Several planes (layers) are apparent in her work. Initially, she lays an under-structure of pigments using a large brush and place textural elements in the wet wash while it dries. This is the most exciting spontaneous part and sometimes influences her initial ideas for the piece. Responding to the how the first layer of paint behaves has become part of her experimental creative process. Next, Sally defines the subject matter with precise, clean edges. Finally, she interweaves an abstract layer though the subject, creating a puzzle-like effect. Additionally, she embellishes select shapes with rhythmic patterns by lifting them from the paper. These patterns repeat throughout artwork like an echo. These layers and patterns allow the viewer to join Sally in pushing the realistic imagery into a thought-provoking “dream” state with glorious color setting the mood of each piece. Sally dreams in full color and her fascination for shapes/pattern probably stems from a background in science and childhood doodles. To reach her comfort zone somewhere between real and imagined, she plays a game of contrasts (of design) including light against dark, warm against cool hues, or bright against dull colors. The different areas of contrast allow the viewer’s eye to be guided through painting, to enjoy the color and textures along the journey, to that elusive arena at the edge of abstract realism.