1. a ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures.

    • a place or occasion of severe test or trial.
      “the crucible of combat”
    • a place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new.

      “the crucible of the new Romantic movement”

"Crucible" ©Ruth Armitage Acrylic on Paper 15x22"

“Crucible” ©Ruth Armitage Acrylic on Paper 15×22″

Each experience in our lives produces its own alchemy. This painting arose out of a contour drawing of my two dogs, Red & Lola. I’ve integrated them into the painting to the point that they disappear, and the painting has become something else entirely. The title has been in my head for months, relating to an experience that was intense and frustrating.

I feel like the close color range of reds, violets and orange speak to the theme of a crucible of heat. I like the angular pivot points near the center, and the light blue line work that morphs into shape. It has been a busy summer, and this painting reminds me a bit of the intense heat and activity. I’m looking forward to the cooler weather and more regular schedule of fall!

View it in person when it’s on display at the Portland Open Studios Preview show: September 17th  at Basic Space Gallery, 625 NW Everett St #111,  Portland, Oregon. 503-477-6452

Save the Date: Portland Open Studios – October 8th & 9th and 15th & 16th, 2016 10-5 each day. Get your tour guide at any New Seasons Market, from any participating artist, or at select Art Supply Retailers.

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