Against the FlowAlana Clumeck
Acrylic painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
48 " h x 60 " w x 1.5 " d |2 lbs. 0 oz.
Since trout and salmon are a main food source for bears, I thought this would be an excellent choice for the backdrop of the painting. If you look closely you will notice that one of the Sockeye Salmon is facing the opposite direction. It represents doing your own thing, going against the flow of the masses and being ok with you being perfectly you.
The Wallpaper collection is a juxtaposition of masculine meets feminine. I wanted to create a unique series that stands apart from traditional nature paintings, where the wild and somewhat prehistoric aspects of my animals featured contrast against their delicate backdrops. In addition to this, many of my paintings are created with a little bit of underlying symbolism usually sparked from a world event or life moment that I am experiencing. I concentrate on this theme as a therapeutic mantra throughout the creation of the painting.
For each painting, different techniques and layers of design are implemented when creating the wall paper effect. To keep the patterns consistent I create a stencil to outline the shapes of my hummingbirds, bugs and fish, and then I hand paint each shape individually. My animals are always painted first, and then I lay out the design around them.
Santa Barbara, California
Australian-born Alana Clumeck was raised by artistic parents who owned a pottery studio during her youth. Although she grew up throwing pots, it wasn’t until she was pregnant with her second child that she began painting as creative therapy. For Alana, being an artist is entwined with motherhood. She works from her home studio, so she often paints while watching her children play. When the kids are at school, painting becomes precious meditative time alone. “Since my discovery of art came as a form of therapy, I still use it to paint out my thoughts or feelings,” says Alana. “I will often use symbolism within my paintings to represent how I feel.”