Diatom Sky Series #5 Painting by Laurey Bennett-Levy

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Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

Painting: Watercolor, Pencil, Ink, Stencil on Arches Heavypress Paper.

While having my studio built, my then 13-year daughter was studying life sciences under a microscope. Together, we feverishly began to research cells. During this process I hit upon the diatom, a one-celled organism found only in water. Focusing on the simplest of forms, the circle, and the cell, they became the impetus to explore the medium which allowed me just enough constraints to discover the freedom.

With this watercolor series I'm hoping the viewer perceives a sense of slow fluidity, geographical shifting and composed quietude of collision. The impact is singularly tranquil as if one is floating or drifting.

I am not opposed to viewers gazing at each piece in different rotations, keeping all this in mind while creating, so it can be viewed in the direction which resonates most personally. I enjoy the dichotomy of relinquishing control in watercolors and then gaining it back by adding pastels at the end of the drying process in order to soften up unwanted harder lines or saturate areas. These philosophies of giving up and acquiring control are a constant source of life challenge.




Diatom Sky Series #5

Laurey Bennett-Levy

United States


Size: 10 W x 8 H x 0.1 in

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