Avocado: Cracked

Avocado: Cracked. Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 18 inches, 2016 by SarAvocado: Cracked Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 18 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee. $910 For purchase inquiries, contact Cerulean Gallery at 214.564.1199.

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Okay, show of hands: Who's reading this on a cracked screen?

We've probably all been there, felt the cold pit in our stomachs as we realize a careless moment has just sent our hard-earned cash down the drain (in the form of a gadget). It sucks.

But there's an upside.

Have you ever looked at the fascinating patterns and semi-random (but beautiful) shapes created when an LCD screen breaks? A little Google Images search will show you what I mean.


I applied this same concept to the Tamales painting, with a slight difference in technique. Often when I'm painting stripes or other strict geometric shapes, I'll employ masking tape and clear acrylic medium to attain those precise edges. With Avocado, however, I decided to paint the stripes in by hand.

The process required a steadier hand, but I found it delightfully meditative and spontaneous. I love the spots where one area of wet paint bled into another, or where my hand shook just a little. I left these "mistakes" in because I never want you to forget that you're looking at a painting.

Every avocado has its own unique shape and texture. Every hand draws a line a little differently from all the other hands in the world.

Avocado: Cracked is available at Cerulean Gallery as part of the exhibition On Edge Part I, featuring work by Sarah Atlee, Fritz Danner, Nic Noblique, and Victoria Taylor-Gore, on display 16 September – 28 October 2016. Visit Cerulean Gallery to learn more.