by Gretchen Foster
Dimensions: 24″ x 30″
Media: Acrylic om canvas
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Inspiration for Volley Ball Star
Volleyball Star is an acrylic painted on canvas. It began as an abstract.I painted the whole canvas red and then decided on an asymmetrical, three-legged form which I created using stamps and texturing materials such as sponges and scrapers. As the abstract form progressed, I liked it because it had a lot of form and variety, but i felt it lacked focus. I turned turned it sideways and upsidedown, and i made out the beginings of a face, two legs and an arm. I covered most of the red background, with shades of grey to emphesize the primary colors on the figure. I decorated the body with circles, checkered squares and flowing lines suggesting action. This is not a real volleybal player. Her skin colors are arbitrary, and her joints bend in strange ways. Numerous volleyballs fly around in a fantasy of sport. In form, she is imaginary, but in spirit, she’s real.
Gretchen Foster has been a painter and potter for more than thirty years. She studied graduate oil painting at MSU with Raulph Henricksen and Cliff McChesney, and water-media painting with Richard O’Malley and Mark Mehaffey. She has participated in workshops conducted by Cheng Khee Chee, Kathleen Conover, Helga Flower, Jan Sitts, and Linda Baker.
She is a co-founder of the Greater Lansing Potter’s Guild and holds a PhD in English from MSU, where she taught for 15 years. Together with painter and photographer Juanita Baldwin, she founded the Lansing Area Artists’ Connection in January 2007, a group of about 35 artists who show their work at the new mid-Michigan Professional Building, Lake Lansing Rd, Lansing.