Irena Carlson Art

November 12, 2015

Accidental Art


When I’m cleaning up after a painting session, I find some fascinating accidental art on my paint tray.

It makes me wonder — should I just throw paint around on the canvas and see what comes out? Or is it okay to have some intention mixed in?


Even bubbles seem to respond to the creative environment!


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And my plastic Acrylic Glazing Medium bottle has become art….


…and paint rags are so very inspiring!



Painting the moon requires only white and black…







Tray scene












October 23, 2015

Inspiration from Nature : Cornu Aspersum

IMG_8552Walking my dog over the hills of Laguna Niguel provides me with much inspiration from nature…as much as can be gleaned from an urban environment.

Fragile and sometimes translucent empty snail shells of many colors became a near obsession once I noticed them. They are everywhere….whole graveyards of them I found, especially under withered wild artichoke plants.

The Colinas Bluff Trail which overlooks San Juan Capistrano hold many wild things…cholla cactus, wild gourd and artichoke, coyotes, quail, snakes (saw a baby rattlesnake a few weeks ago), and a roadrunner.IMG_8548

IMG_8536 The ancient spiral from a primitive and ephemeral life form such as the common garden snail (cornu aspersum) reminds me of our own very short time on the Earth. One minute the garden snail is gobbling up everything in sight, then finding a mate to reproduce its many babies; then creating abstract slime trails, and eventually, to die and become a paper thin white-boned shell which ends with only the spiral….a chance existence?




Earth Dissolving


60d bardo

Water Dissolving


Dharmata : Red