Under the AspensAlana Clumeck
Acrylic and oil paint on Stretched canvas
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
60 " h x 48 " w x 1.5 " d |8 lbs. 0 oz.
The Wallpaper series is a juxtaposition between masculine and 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 contrast against their delicate backdrops," says Alana. Here, Alana delicately hand painted a seashell and hummingbird wallpaper to contrast against the male dear. She kept the painting in light airy colors, balancing the composition with a mixture of contemporary circles and jagged ridges that emulate the ridge of a hill or mountain.
Different techniques and layers of design were implemented to create the wallpaper effect. To keep the patterns consistent, Alana created a stencil to outline the shapes of the seashells and hummingbirds, and then she hand painted each shape individually. In the areas where she wanted a little more chaos, she would forgo the stencil and eyeball each design. Her animals are always painted first, and then she lays 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.”