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Awakening

Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
A distribution of opaque and transparent organic forms that intersperse and interact within a substructure that produces pattern, movement and balance.

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About Claudia

Baltimore City - Highlandtown A&E District

Claudia Cappelle's picture
Claudia Cappelle was born in Chicago, Illinois where her appreciation for art began at an early age with visits to the Art Institute. She studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Illustration. Claudia has lived in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area since 1983, with a brief stint in San Francisco in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Over the years, she has actively shown her work in various galleries throughout... more

Montage art

The montages were created with the same motivating force as my other abstract paintings which are a response to the dynamic spirit within nature. The dualities within nature: the illusive and ethereal yet concrete; the infinite within limitations; control and spontaneity; and bold and strong versus the subtly of muted colors is the source and essence of my work.

  • Cadre

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    Painting of layers of organic shapes and brushstrokes creating a dynamic floating field of color enlivened by liquid textures, warm and cool nuances and relieved of its flatness by overapping forms.
  • Menagerie

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    There is a loose geometric subsustructure in this collection of interwoven organic, patterned, solid and flat repetitive elements to invigorate the space and create a cohesive composition.
  • Abeyance

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    This painting has organic transparent and opaque volumetric floating forms with cool color nuances creating a sense of mystery and allusiveness.
  • Lotus Pond

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    Repetition of color, texture, pattern, transparent color overlapping shapes and style are recognizable. Coloristically this painting is a dominantly pink painting - the largest areas is a variety of reds, ranging from orange, red orange, through pink violet. The painting makes the exotic familiar and familiar exotic.
  • Dinner for Two

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    This painting is a symbol of parody - the large black cloud looms above but there is a celebratory event going on below. The whimsical organic floating shapes are stabilized by the central violet shape.
  • Reticence

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    This painting is a metaphor of life. The road is a gradation of warm and cool, emblematic of the mysteriousness between people. There is a tenuous balance between the elements in this ethereal expression.
  • The Beast

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, beast
    The Beast rules as it stands precariously while dominating the painting. It is like the elephant in the room that cannot be ignored. The painting involved creating invented symbols. I wanted every shape and object to breathe a spiritual meaning.
  • Play with Me

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    The simplistic whimsical shapes function and interact within the environment in an orchestration of play.
  • Gray Cloud Overhead

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    This painting conveys the energy of a kind of a primitivism or naive simplicity. The organic shapes and textured patterns have a light and buoyant feel. The overall composition is asymmetrical yet balanced. The intensity of colors and the flat silhouette shapes communicates the essence with directness.
  • Zen Garden

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    This painting extracts the essence of Zen - to become one with the painting. It combines the organic feeling of a garden with a spatial irrationality of mystical and illusive floating shapes.

Abstract Landscapes

Landscape is generally defined as an “an expanse of static scenery from a single viewpoint”. This definition however, is very restrictive in terms of painting. My landscapes are not a re-creation of this single viewpoint; but a response that aims to capture nature in its dynamic spirit using abstract form. These idea s lead my work in a direction that is more personal and authentic.

  • Landscape with Tree on Hill

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract landscape
    Abstract painting of forms that do not resemble those found in nature, but are based on the expressions of the emotions felt viewing nature. The expression is based on an aesthetic organization of balance, repetition and movement to provide unity.
  • Autumnal

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract landscape
    I reduced this painting down to its fundamental elements to provide an aesthetic organization of contrast; pure vibrant color against the darker subtle hues resting in a delicate balance.
  • Forest

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract landscape
    This painting is an exploration of cool light as observed in nature. All areas of this painting sustain an exchange of importance. The areas that are perceived as negative are as important as the contrasting darker elements. The composition is asymmetrical yet balanced.
  • Dark Night

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract landscape
    In this abstract painting there is a dominance and density of dark elements which symbolize mystery and the thin areas of light represent revelation. The texture of calligraphic lines reveals the division of space and light.
  • Stained Landscape

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract landscape
    This abstract painting is on an un-primed surface that allowed the paint to become embedded into the canvas. The amorphic shapes, spontaneous brushstrokes and calligraphic lines were a direct and Intuitive response to the landscape.
  • Garden Path

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract landscape
    The generalized round shapes (emotion) of varying sizes and the calligraphic brushstrokes of yellows, pinks, blues, grays, and greens are the vehicles for light, middle, and dark values which unify this painting. It has a feeling of softness and tranquility.
  • Winter's Passage

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract landscape
    The essence of this painting is in its substructure divided into areas of warm oranges, and cool pink/violets. The bold dark lines provide displacement balanced by the thin calligraphic lines throughout the work.
  • The Park

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract landscape
    Distortion is the strategy in my abstract landscapes and this one in particular. The forms are derived by nature and are characterized by lines and forms defined by exaggerated shapes that provide some discord yet unity within the work.
  • The Bridge

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract landscape
    A dark violet band spans across the canvas with repeated elements to draw the viewers attention with this eye mapping method. Areas of bright warms are punctuated throughout parts of the canvas. Solid color is juxtaposed with areas of transparency.
  • From a Hill

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract landscape
    The tilted angular shapes create a tension that upsets the equibrium momentarily. The use of sgraffito and calligraphic brushstrokes is a unifying factor throughout the painting. Shapes run off the canvas to suggest more of the imposed space.

Flora Series

In 2004 I studied the work of Odilon Redon, a French symbolist painter. The Flora Series were very much influenced by the work Redon. I began to trust my unconscious to allow the spiritual connection to be present in my work. The engagement with this new process became an exploration of seeing inward to express the spiritual essence of nature in abstract form.

  • Flora Triptych Series IV

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract floral
    The blossom like forms float across the painting in a repetitive configuration with a rhythmic movement in a balanced distribution creating a feeling of harmony.
  • Flora Triptych Series II

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract landscape
    Bloom like shapes floats across the canvas in an ethereal a field of illusive organic shapes creating a poetic harmony.
  • Flora Triptych Series I

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, flora, floral
    Floral like shapes created from the imagination are centered within the triptych. The shapes that are less distinct repeat in a pattern of movement and balance in an ethereal field—with the possibility of their ever changing endless variation.
  • Garden Triptych

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, flora, floral
    There is a balanced distribution of elements (color, value, and texture) in this composition. The imaginative flora like organic forms floats in a glowing field of color evoking a feeling of harmony and peace.
  • Blue Flora

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, flora, floral
    The light glowing circular forms suggests an expression of revelation in a sea of blue.
  • Flora Diptych Series III

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, flora, floral
    Many of the forms are not solidified in order to create renewable closure for the viewer. The amorphous forms appear to float across the canvas.
  • Yellow Flora

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, flora, floral
    Two single organic shapes forms juxtaposed to one another bursting with energy releasing particles of life.
  • White Flora

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, flora, floral
    Intuitive painting of my inner reality composed of monochromatic with some hints of yellow and green. The forms come and go. This painting has a mysterious and transcendent quality.
  • Alabaster Flowers

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, flora, floral
    The title of this painting suggests flowers, even though they are imaginative organic forms. The blooms appear to be floating since the space below appears un-delineated with thin veiled washes suggesting that only the blooms are real.
  • Flora Expressions I

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, flora, floral
    This painting began as a stream of consciousness. The organic forms appear to be floating and are inscribed with sgraffito markings. Throughout the painting there are elements that are dissipating, or emerging or feeling like they might emerge anew.

Pond Series

My inspiration comes from nature. The engagement with the process of seeing inward to express the spiritual essence of nature in abstract form has led my work in a more personal and authentic direction that allowed for my own visual language and symbols to immerge. This inward search often leads to a complete transformation from the initial interpretation of an idea. Color is my motivating force. Light reveals color.

  • Pond Series Turquoise

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, flora, pond, water
    Imaginary organic shapes of various cool colors float in a field of turquoise blue. There is a play between the curvilinear and the angular, the round, fluid, and soft forms against the sharp, abrupt, and hard-edged.
  • Lily Pad

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, pond, water
    There is a juxtaposition of the organic and red circular dot like geometric forms creating a visual tension. The yellow diagonal lines extending through the painting creates a zigzag rocking rhythm serves as a unifying thread.
  • Water Pods

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, flora, pond, water
    This is a painting was created on a wooden panel. There are linear engraved cut marks and grooves adding texture, depth, movement and direction. The painting is full of life and vibration.
  • Pebble Pond I

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, pond, water
    The large two circular forms serve as the dominant motif while the other forms play a subordinate role. The tonalities of colors seem to merge together interrupted by smaller forms of high contrast. The organic shapes are flattened and appear to sit directly on the surface within the composition.
  • Pebble Pond II

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, pond, water
    The large circular shape and the curvilinear dark form on the left serves as the dominant motif while the other forms play a subordinate role. The organic shapes are flattened and appear to sit directly on the surface within the composition.
  • Pond series Variation

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, pond, water
    There is a passage of oval curvilinear forms pointing in a similar direction from left to right. The repetition produces movement, pattern, and balance. Tension upsets our equilibrium momentarily by the broken dark line across the middle of the canvas.
  • Pebble Pond

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, pond, pebbles, rocks, water
    This painting was created from the imagination although could be viewed as representational. The organic forms are suggestive of rocks or pebbles. The open areas in the lower half of the painting are activated with calligraphic lines.
  • Blue Pond Dyptych

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, pond, water
    This painting was inspired after seeing Waterlillies by Monet at the Musee Marmottan. It lacks the transcendent beauty of his work but it gave me pleasure creating my own expression.
  • Pond Series V

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, pond, water
    The eye moves around the space in this imaginative painting of various organic shapes and calligraphic brushstrokes. There is a horizontal rhythm of repetitive brushstrokes. Every major linear movement and cluster of lines leads the eye through this painting.
  • Hommage to Monet II

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, pond, water
    This painting was inspired after seeing the Waterlilies by Monet at the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris. A shorthand of calligraphic scribbles suggest the foliage.

Matisse Hommage

This series is based on a study of the work of Matisse. My goal was to find my own expression of interior space yet incorporate the visual language and devices he used to create space in unconventional ways. My aim was to hold the viewers attention in many areas within the painting, yet at the same time allowing the eye to easily view the work as a whole creating joyousness, balance and purity.

  • Yellow Table with Fruit Bowl and Flowers

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract interior
    The juxtaposition of imagery has a feeling of light and love. The irregular oval shape running off the left edge to suggests space beyond the canvas. The overlapping shapes flatten the composition. The black diagonal lines create interest.
  • Ochre Table with Fruit Bowl and Flowers

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, interior
    The large yellow ochre shape covers most of the canvas transcending space beyond the elements resting on the surface. This painting has a light joyousness of springtime.
  • Turquoise Table with Black Flowers

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, interior
    The curvilinear forms and bold black outlined shape gives emphasis to the flatness of the surface. The geometric divisions using line and color give emphais to each shape but yet create harmony with the entire painting. A blue shapes encompasses the elements holding the painting together in unity.
  • Fruit Bowls on Table

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, interior
    The yellow/orange elements create a feeling of light and joy. There are linear indications of spatial depth that are interrupted by organic shapes of similar tonality to create a circular movement.
  • Green Table with Figure

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, interior
    Blue covers most of the surface of this interior abstract painting to eliminate spatial depth. There is an indication of drapery on the right side of canvas which suggests looking out of a window to a figure in a prone position. The viewer is both looking into and out of the interior space..
  • Round Pink Table with Forest

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, interior
    This painting gives the illusion of seeing into an interior and exterior space at the same time. The four quadrants depict the individual elements. The lower part of the painting contains the interior; a pink oval of broken color with orange rounded shapes and a white irregular rectangle. The upper part of the painting is an outside view of the environment.
  • Turquoise Table with Fruit and Leaves

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, interior
    The violet shapes of similar tonality to produce unity. There is a kind of indirect rhythm created by the dark leaf like shape extending off the right side of canvas. This painting has a feeling of wholeness and purity.
  • Pink Table with African Violets

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, interior
    The dark broken contours create a visual stimulus readable as closure, something is separated from its background. It purposely involves the viewer’s participation. The painting embodies a sense of equilibrium although the elements are asymmetrically balanced.
  • Orange table with Glowing Sunlight

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, interior
    There is a glowing feeling of joylessness in this painting. The predominately yellow/orange colors flatten the surface area and create unity but also provide interest in their variety of shape, texture, and tonality.
  • Yellow Table with Turquoise Bowl and Black Flowers

    Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, abstract interior
    The black petal like shapes appear to be falling off the edge of its contained surface creating instability and dominance which is stabilized by the large open space below. The primaries, blue, red, and yellow dominant this painting and give it a feeling of simplicity but not superficiality.

Lugubrious Images

Recently, I started working on a series using a limited palette. As a colorist I am accustomed to working with a wide spectrum of color. I began each painting with gestural brushstrokes without any preconceived idea of composition or form, allowing my stream of consciousness to flow. I allowed the clucky and awkward forms to remain and continued to explore their potential towards a resolution.

  • Hospitable

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes, interior
    Foundational structure was an important consideration in this painting. It was necessary for the dissimilar objects to engage and join together holding the space intact in a solid fashion. The shapes are awkward and comforting at the same time.
  • A Peach and a Plum

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    The energetic curvilinear brushstroke joins the two modeled floating forms together to complete the cycle to lead the eyes back to the primary area of focus. The painting has a playfulness that is strong and compelling.
  • Lemon Slice

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    The focal area of this painting is the orange arch which overlaps the large pink shape and green band of color on the left. An angular line points to the organic yellow and green shape which serves as a prominent pressure point to contain the forms above. The eye is led in a circular direction throughout the painting.
  • Balancing Act

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    This painting embodies the idea of equilibrium, and the balance and wholeness of life. The two large forms interact and work together to establish a connection by a thin line of blue, red, and yellow. The bottom middle organic shape grounds the painting creating a feeling of stability.
  • Emerging

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    This painting is also about creating stability and the connections that emerge between people. The painting is grounded white by gray forms on each side and has a balanced symmetry. The polarities meet and opposites attract in warm versus cool and organic and geometric shapes.
  • Congeniality

    Montage, Abstract painting, Acrylic painting organic shapes
    Diverse shapes of varied textures, sizes and color are being lumped together in an odd yet harmonious setting. The imperfections and eccentricities of diversity brings a sense of intrigue and mystery.

Enigma Series (Drawings)

These drawings were intended as preparatory sketches for paintings but then took on a life of their own. I used charcoal and conte to create mark marking that was purely spontaneous and intuitive. I allowed the drawing to tell me where it wanted to go, responded to the imagery that emerged but did not force or direct it toward a preconceived image. I realized that the unconscious mind knows more than the conscious.

  • Composition I

    Abstract drawing, charcoal, conte, intuitive drawing
    This drawing was done intuitively and from the imagination. The rhythmic repetition of form revealed organic forms. The dense areas with hard edges and the clusters contain crisp value contrasts that run from white to extreme black creating the loudest rhythm.
  • Composition II

    Abstract drawing, charcoal, conte, intuitive drawing
    I explored mark marking working layer upon layer. The overall feeling is lively, jazzy, and playful.
  • Composition III

    Abstract drawing, charcoal, conte, intuitive drawing
    I explored repetitive mark marking and depth in this intuitive drawing working layer upon layer to create shape, texture, tone, directionality, and rhythmic clusters resulting in a cavernous form.
  • Composition IV

    Abstract drawing, charcoal, conte, intuitive drawing
    This drawing comes from my internal world of emotion, psyche, and my spirit. It suggests of flora like forms but has no direct reference to the outside world. It makes the invisible visible.
  • Composition V

    Abstract drawing, charcoal, conte, intuitive drawing, pastel
    Cavernous and sinewy forms of highly energized line in a dense arrangement of texture and contrast give the drawing an overall sense of vibration while a few passive passages remain.
  • Composition VI

    Abstract drawing, charcoal, conte, intuitive drawing, pastel
    Intuitive movements and energy were released creating large clusters of jagged marks bearing down on a few areas of curlicue marks that convey an internality that feels discordant and unsettling.
  • Composition VII

    Abstract drawing, charcoal, conte, intuitive drawing
    The unconscious to directed my hand creating mostly curvilinear, round, fluid and looping organic shapes. There is a kind of rocking rhythm that serves as the unifying thread in this drawing.
  • Composition VIII

    Abstract drawing, charcoal, conte, intuitive drawing
    There is a play between the curvilinear and angular pointy shapes. The straight vertical lines serve as an underlying foundation to the drawing. The drawing feels alive because it’s in flux, some elements are dissipating, emerging, or remnants of things that once were.

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