attachment-5972a24bf14aa142f5306bdf img-5972a24bf14aa142f5306bdf attachment-5972a24bcd39c3164911cacf img-5972a24bcd39c3164911cacf attachment-594c06f744024306ac2086ad img-594c06f744024306ac2086ad attachment-5b7852994fa51a76f357dff5 img-5b7852994fa51a76f357dff5 attachment-5b7852990ebbe83e5ef3e01a img-5b7852990ebbe83e5ef3e01a attachment-5b7852aacd8366741a7d9234 img-5b7852aacd8366741a7d9234 attachment-5b7852b740ec9a9bc886157e img-5b7852b740ec9a9bc886157e attachment-5b78533b1ae6cf55a09cddea img-5b78533b1ae6cf55a09cddea Beth Bradley by Beth Bradley A self-taught acrylic painter with a 15-year career, I like vibrant colors and experimenting with other media – recently, oil pastels. I try hard to surprise myself and the viewer (!) – with shapes and techniques, but most of all, color blending. Find me now at Daniel Day Gallery or Andrea Lucas Studios – my stuff has cropped up in numerous venues and galleries and hangs in cool homes throughout Birmingham. The 18+ paintings in my current ‘Gypsies & Poets’ series emerged over several months. My process is intuitive. Canvas on the floor, apply gel medium, pumice gel, elements like paper, gauze, or recycled saris. Add white, umber, blue. The aim in my floor work is to create a nuanced, textured, neutral and still wet background. I then place canvas on easel, and the fun begins. Fields of bright colors, then dirty them up with browns or their complements. In between, I marry colors, then marry those colors to other colors. Finally, I step back and wait for images to call to me, usually women. I sketch them in to various degrees. Lately, most of the images feel like gypsies or poets – not mush or romantic – but strong, opinionated, defiant, with a mouth on them.