This small constructed painting, 12.5 x 14" is loosely based on a watercolor study and a photograph of a creek area. The large rocks are made of carved styrofoam wrapped with paper and painted with acrylics. A metal offset plate was cut and painted to represent tumbling water. This was the first of the small constructed paintings, and I found a freedom in working at this scale. It allowed me to be more experimental than I might be with the larger constructions.
I've been working on new digital compositions that include astronomical images from the Hubble Space Telescope. The image on the left was developed in Photoshop. It combines watercolor studies and photos of a beautiful pool along the North Crestone (CO) Creek with the NGC6384 Spiral Galaxy. This one has taken over a year, working on and off, to integrate both earth images and sky images in a composition that honors the differences as well as the unity of earth and space.
I decided to play with smaller constructed paintings. This one, based on the image above, is 12.5 x 14.5", 2 layers of Plexiglas. There is a freedom that comes from working with smaller elements.
The side angle view gives a sense of the dimensionality of this piece.
This image was completed for the YC Alumni Exhibition in April. I used Photoshop to combine elements from two watercolor studies from Surprise Springs, near Granite Basin Lake, and a portion of the Carina Nebula in the southern sky.
Bonny Stauffer lives in Prescott, Arizona. She integrates digital and traditional processes in her work. Bonny spends long periods of time drawing on location in order to explore new expressions of her love for the earth.