Welcome! This page is a little art gallery where I (Bonnie Zieman) showcase my original paintings. Hope you will take a little virtual stroll through the gallery ... and if you have time ... leave a comment.
Any of you who follow this blog know that I am a rather new and a self-taught artist. Now that I have started to paint, there seems to be a very long line-up of paintings inside me clamoring to be released on to canvas. I hope you can sense how much love and passion there is in these paintings.
You will see that most of the paintings here are abstract and/or impressionist, yet within that category there are many varying styles. Perhaps one day I will settle on a particular style, but not yet. There is too much still to learn and try.
People always seem to be interested in the 'process' of how a painting is created. For my part, I rarely have an end result in mind. I often put some structure paste on the canvas to create texture, before even opening any paints. I use a variety of tools to apply the paint to the surface, e.g. brushes, spatulas, sponges, credit cards, squirt bottles, etc. Each application of paint seems to dictate what the next application should be. I do try to decide on a certain color palette, but often during the painting see that another color is needed. Often the painting reveals an image that I can pursue or ignore. Great fun!
Just as I love texture in creating digital photo art here on this blog, I love for my paintings to have a lot of depth and texture. There is depth and texture in these paintings that cannot be conveyed with a two dimensional photograph. So if you like one of these images, know that the actual painting is so much better than what you see here in its photograph. You can click on any image to get a larger view, btw.
The following paintings are listed for sale on Saatchi Online:
Untitled 30" x 48" x 1.5" Private Collection
"Madrid" 36" x 24" x 1.5"
"Passe-temps" 24" x 18" x 1.5"
"Crossings" 36" x 18" x 1.5"
Landscape III (24" x 36" x 1.5")
Landscape II (24" x 36" x 1.5")
Bleu (36" x 24" x 1.5")
Trio (24" x 36" x 1.5")
Pockets (20" x 24" x 1.5")
The Clearing (24" x 36" x 1.5") SOLD
Carole Foster Study (With Trees) (22" x 28" x 1.5")
Landscape IV (24" x 36" x 1.5") SOLD
Welcoming Emotion (20" x 24" 1.5")
Close Is Good (12" x 24" x 1.5")
|Take Note (12" x 24" x .5")|
Landscape VI (20" x 28" x 1.5")
Misty Morn (20" x 24" 1.5") SOLD
Walk With Me (24" x 24" x 1.5") SOLD
View From The Other Side (24" x 36" x 1.5")
Promenade (24 x 24 x 1.5")
Graffiti Leather (20 x 24 x 1.5)
The following paintings (including close-ups and side views) are listed for sale at my Etsy shop, Original Art Studio.
"Gathering Green 1" - Acrylic - 24x36x3/4 inches
"Gathering Green 2" - Acrylic - 24x36x3/4 inches
The above two paintings were created to live together. You may notice that many of my paintings are not signed. I do not sign deliberately because if a painting is well balanced in design, it can be hung either vertically or horizontally. A signature on the painting would determine how it has to be mounted on a wall. The purchaser of the painting really ends up with 2-4 paintings with the one canvas, as there are four different ways it can be hung - and four different looks! The paintings are always signed on the back of the canvas.
"Chimera" - Acrylic - 24x36x1 1/2 inches
"Guardian" - Acrylic - 24x24x1 1/2 inches
"Find Me" - Acrylic & Ink - 24x24x1 1/2 inches
There are several quasi, abstract human-like figures in this painting. Can you find some?
"Profiled" - Mixed Media (acrylic, paper) - 24x24x1 1/2 inches
"Profiled" is a weird, kind of 'in your face' ;) painting. If you search carefully, you can find more than six profiles or faces in the image. I have used some newsprint as part of the painting. It is largely covered by paint. When I use newsprint or text I really try to make sure there is nothing offensive or unseemly in the text. My official in-house consultant/critic was a little shocked and put off by this painting at first, but it seems to have 'grown' on him. I have actually heard him brag about it when showing it to friends! I love its weirdness. Perhaps it is an unconscious self-portrait! ;)
"Satellite Snapshot" - Acrylic - 22x28x1 1/2 inches
"Secret Path" - Acrylic - 22x24x1/2 inches
"Curves Curated" - SOLD - Mixed Media (paper, acrylic, ink) - 24x24x1 1/2 inches
"Cost of Conformity" - Acrylic & Ink - 24x24x1 1/2 inches
"Ordered Chaos" - Mixed Media (paper, acrylic, ink) - 24x36x1 1/2 inches
"Brian Rutenberg Study" - Private Collection - Not for sale.
Brian Rutenberg is an incredible artist based in New York. I discovered him on YouTube where he has a many part series of 'studio visit' videos. In these videos he talks about his artistic process and really gives some great art history lessons as he muses on the process of some of the best painters who have informed his work. His paintings (abstract landscapes) so fascinated me that I thought I would try to do something similar. I love the result and will be keeping this 'study' as a part of my own collection, but could not resist sharing it with you here.