brenna george

Painting

valantines
daily dramas p1
daily dramas p2
handling chaos p1
handling chaos p2
dark water
bunny westerns
besotted
play battling
interiors / exteriors
nursing
pregnancy
container homes
abandoned banquets
wallpaper
plein-air
ribbons 3
ribbons 2
ribbons 1
 
 
 
  • Daily Dramas Series Daily Dramas Series I have been sketching, photographing and painting the most dramatic moment of the day, the incident that I am left thinking about late at night when in bed. As a mother of three children there is always one of these moments to mull over, such as, when my son's foot was stuck under the shopping cart at superstore on a busy Saturday. I am focusing on mother worry and engaging in ideas of protection and the inability to completely protect others in my care as the chaos of life pulls and pushes us along. I am painting about mothering and keeping it in the present. I don't want a reminiscence. I want fresh factual moments. Some of this series has been generously funded by a Manitoba Arts Council A Grant.
  • "On the phone" 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2012. Marshall wants attention and I am on the phone. Sunday is my long call to my Mother. He bounced and bounced on the bed. I like the connection of the two figures though the use of the central light patch. I build this stillness of the moment between the two figures, contrasted with the tension of the frozen action and the phone connection.
  • "Ozma has a fever" 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2012. Ozma was sick and I spent all day bringing things to her: books, water and toast to make her feel better. In some of these drama/mother worries, I want to show how things can be solved or helped. This is one of those and so it includes a magical element - bluebirds of helpfulness. In this painting I wanted her to be floating above the bed as she seemed spaced out by the fever. I really like the dry brush rough element of the cover edges contrasted by the detailed and soft rendering of my daughter's face
  • "Oona has chickenpox" 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2012. It doesn't seem possible that Oona could get chicken pox when she has been vaccinated.Until I took her to the doctor I thought she had bad hives. I wanted to have a hiddenness of all the pox under the blanket. I am referencing colour field painting. The flat simpleness of her world, no lessons, no school just getting better matters.
  • "Marshall learns to swear" 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2012. The small black opening in the back of his throat spews out the black chunky mad words. He is 5 years old. I want him to find words that address the actual problem so it can be helped. The whole neighbourhood heard him on this afternoon.
  • "First day of school" 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2012. This is the morning of the first day back to school after summer vacation. My three children are nervous and excited. I feel like mother goose who is left behind as the the children grow up and go off to school. It was a pleasure to paint the school, a building that I know so well because I have seen it everyday for years, this monolith of our community.
  • "Oona shower curtain falls" 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2013. The shower curtain falls into her bath and she is mad. I like the rectangle of outside darkness above her and the swirl of butterflies below her. It is a very flat painting of rectangles, diagonals and flat planes.
  • "Ozma resist a haircut" 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2013. She doesn't want her haircut and I chase her around the house with scissors. I painted her hair with golden properties and me in the dark half of the painting.
  • "Oona needs her first glasses" 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2013. It is unsettling to see the robotic contraption covering the small face that you care about. It look me awhile to let myself paint the optometrist as a fairy, but I felt that magically my daughter can see the world now because the optometrist fairy helped her. I divided up the canvas into lightness and darkness.
  • "Marshall forgets his notes" 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2013. After spring break and not practicing piano he forgot how to read music notes. I like the paper sun he made that is taped to the wall in the place where the light is coming from, a representation of the light in the darkness.
  • Daily Drama drawings 4" x 4" squares pencil on paper Brenna George 2013. A set of small drawings. One done each day for a month, recording the most dramatic moment of our family's day.
  • "Marshall draws on his face with highlighter" 4" x 4" pencil on paper Brenna George 2013.
  • "Marshall takes off snowsuit in snowbank" 4" x 4" pencil on paper Brenna George 2013.
  • "Ozma is nervous about new swimsuit" 4" x 4" pencil on paper Brenna George 2013.
  • "Ozma is sick. She has a fever" 4" x 4" pencil on paper Brenna George 2013.
  • "Oona is scared at Video Art Screening" 4" x 4" pencil on paper Brenna George 2013.
  • "Oona hits head on monkeybars" 4" x 4" pencil on paper Brenna George 2013.
  • "Marshall breaks a plate" 4" x 4" pencil on paper Brenna George 2013.
  • "Daily-ness" group show Artist Mothers Group MAWA, Winnipeg, MB May 2013 Brenna George