And, for Blalock, painting is as much an aerobic workout, with arms and feet in constant motion, as it is a way of expression. Her studio floor is covered with tarps to catch any globs of paint that might get pushed off the canvas as she works. She says likes to clear her mind and let things happen.
"I don't like to get my head too much into what I'm doing," she says.
She normally paints large pieces -- seven, eight and nine feet wide or tall -- but the 13 abstract pieces in this show are in the three- and four-foot range.
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"It happens organically," she says. She might have an idea or a color palette in mind when she begins a piece, but she often changes directions -- and colors -- in mid-stroke.
"Sometimes going in I might have a primary color or colors in mind, say blues and greens, but as I add the under colors, I find something else that attracts me and it might be on other end of the color wheel. The whole process happens as I go along."
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