From the Water collection. 40" x 40" x 1.5”. Acrylic, charcoal, and pumice on hand-stretched gallery-wrapped canvas by Wendy Pabich.
Be Like Water. Water, for its beauty, intrinsic properties, and mystical powers, remains for me a source of endless inspiration, stories, and life lessons. The paintings in this series are both an exploration of science through art, and expressions of reverence for our life-giving waters. By layering acrylic paint, pumice, plaster, and various mediums, I seek to emulate earth patterns, where form and function are intertwined. My mixtures on canvas create organic images that speak of weathering, dripping water, tangled reeds--providing a continuous reminder of the complexity and wonder of the natural world.
"I crouched at the edge of a tiny creek, meditating on the slip of water as it glided by. It glistened and glittered and I knew it held stories. Tiny water striders flitted around. As I watched, one, and then another, hovercraft-landed on the surface, each assuming an epipleustonic posture that allowed it to walk across the surface in godlike fashion. I studied them and thought I could discern the faintest of menisci on the water surface beneath each leg. But, it was the water depth, the bottom surface, and the sun angle that instead united to reveal the secrets of these delicate critters—their little shadow selves were rendered as beautifully linked orbits across the creek bottom, in delicate paintings of the most exquisite form, more ethereal, mysterious, and larger than the skittering bugs themselves: the shadow realm illuminated. Be like water." ~Wendy Pabich