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Name   : Ann Brinkley
Location: San Francisco  
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Brinkley,Ann-Walking to His Dock
Walking to His Dock / Painting Acrylic / 24x36x2 / $1,000 USD

Description: I used to sail with Peter, a numb-nut. There he is, smiling with his sailor hat in place, ready for the day's adventure.

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Ann Brinkley

I started my art career after taking an intensive plein air painting course with Carole Ray Watanabe in southwest France during the summer of 1998. Excited with artistic promise I returned to San Francisco and began taking a series of painting and printmaking workshops during 1998 through 2001. Many of my instructors encouraged me to paint and not pursue formal art school. Being in the health field professionally for many years I have been awed by the natural wonder of the human body and it's ability to creatively heal itself using the magic of it's own energy systems. I also am in awe of the magic of creativity with painting and often liken the healing process I practice on a patient to the colorful expression I use on a canvas. I was so inspired by the discovery of my late-blooming artistic expression that in 2001 I decided to open a small art instruction school "ArtJuice Studios" in San Francisco, to encourage other's creativity. I had my first solo painting show in 2002 and happily have had a very positive response to my work.
I don't usually follow an outline or plan at the beginning of a new piece. Instead, I begin a painting out of spontaneous creativity, believing that the magic of an individual piece will emerge on its own. I start by drawing several random shapes, some of which will remain through the piece's progress, and others that will be "overpainted" by succeeding layers. These abstract shapes are often inspired by music which I select beforehand to match my current mood and may run the gamut between joyful, whimsical or even contemplative at the beginning. The piece is imbued with that mood through its development. Then I start adding to the general shapes using colors, textures, and at times other mediums, never with a plan but based on mood. After taking in this first layer of shapes and textures I then have a template for my final composition. I use this primary under-painting as a map from which I build upon creating a theme. As I continue to paint on the template sometimes using a brush, cloth or even my finger, new shapes and textures emerge from part of the original under-painting which have been partly obscured by the new layers. Then like a symphony building to a crescendo, I see where the transformation is going and a flurry of enhancements ensues. That's when I am dancing with the music and the shapes. It's during this dance that I start to add the final layers. Color upon color and texture upon texture the painting blossoms to become a finished piece. Not only is this process of painting very exciting to me but when I secretly watch someone look at one of my paintings and chuckle, I get a thrill. I imagine they feel the energy of the painting's rhythm, evoking a sense of their own creative expression. By relating to the boldness or nuance of the juxtaposed colors and abstract themes, I hope they are experiencing some of the mystical whimsy that's in the world.
2003 Pieces Gallery, Healdsburg, CA 2003 San Francisco Open Studios 2003 Lodi Public Library "Vibrant Abstracts From The City" 2003 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce "Two Abstract Women Painters" 2002 San Francisco, Farley's Coffeehouse "Bottoms Up," Solo Show 2002 San Francisco Open Studios 2002 San Francisco "ArtHip" Group Show 2001 San Francisco Open Studios

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