It’s not difficult to figure out what influences Cyndy Cmyth as you view her gently expressive mixed media artwork: it’s the seasons—their ever-adapting colors, objects, symbolism and sentiments—depicted in a variety of hues and textures.
Take a look at Web of Leaves, below. A plethora of carefully arranged, dried leaves are centered upon a gilded backdrop. Autumn colors burst forth in each as we see burnt orange, copper, taupe and goldenrod hues come alive.
Altogether, the leaves appear to welcome a new season into their lives as they collectively take on the appearance of a snowflake. In a bittersweet way, the symbolism reflects the next season soon in line to make the harvest-colored assortment a distant memory.
To create this piece, Cyndy used melted copper pieces, minerals and gold-leaf. I also want to note that the textured line elements give a nice depth to the piece overall—and rather resemble straws of hay, as another nostalgic nod to the passing seasons.
This next painting, entitled Neptune, is less earthy and organic than Web of Leaves, and speaks more to the effervescent, spiritual and existential frame of mind.
Although Cyndy refers to this varnished painting as an abstract seascape, I see the blue planet, itself, making way for the limitless universe. Endless rifts add spatial intrigue, and matter seems to collect like diamonds (or, more in line with the theme, stars) on small, jagged plains.
I could imagine a seascape if we were looking down on Earth from outer space and casting our eyes upon the great expanses of blue water swirling and swimming, crashing against shorelines and lapping over children’s feet running across the beach.
Finally, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for butterflies, and purple happens to be my favorite color, so Purple Butterfly below is a win-win.
Again, this piece of art contains oil paint and mixed media, this time textured with stones and tiny amethyst. I love the grainy texture because it makes it seem as if the scene has been painted on a block of wood instead of canvas.
Various shades of purple do their best to camouflage the butterflies, but their beauty cannot be overlooked. The deep violet, almost black pockets of color are most beautiful to me—they remind me of a delicate, thin-winged butterfly fluttering between rays of sunlight, where all at once you can see dark shadow, translucence, the powdery hue of richly pigmented wings, and then, all the sudden, the insect seems to vanish from sight altogether as wings fold neatly against one another to form a barely visible line in the sky.
If you’ve enjoyed these paintings as much as I have, then by all means check out more of Cyndy’s work on her website—I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
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Contemporary Bolivian/American artist Charlene Eckels aims to promote Bolivian social and cultural heritage through her work. Although currently studying at UNC Wilmington, Charlene has had her fair share of overseas adventure—she’s lived and studied at the national art school in Bolivia, taught art for orphans there, and has even survived an. . . read more
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