Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The photo at top is me posing in front of a mural I painted at my good friend Sharon's new home. It is 8' by 10' and is my biggest piece to date. I had a blast painting it and was honored that Sharon would allow me to be a permanent figure in her home.
Some more progress on my sky and sea painting, as well as a start on a new piece, also of sky and sea. These paintings are a nice departure from my previous work. They are requiring more attention to detail, time, and direction than I have had to exert for prior works. I am sure after these, I will be looking forward to my established processes. For now though, these are a pleasant and fruitful distraction.
For the top painting I began with Cedar Key, FL in mind. I recently went there for a weekend with my partner Shannon and the amazing time we had gave me a desire to relive it through a painting. Really subjective paintings like this are not typical of my process. The departure is a result of my impulsive nature. I am still allowing my instinct lead this painting. It is a bit darker than the weather was while we were there. This is just a preliminary "sketch" of this painting. I expect alot to change, but am pleased with what is on the canvas so far.
The other, more colorful, painting is shown in a few different variations. I also whited out the original sea, not pictured. There was no particular reason for the whiting out, just curious about how it would look. I am very happy to see the background color back in place. Kind of wondering where to go now though.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Here is a new piece I am working on. Just painting an imaginary sky and sea. A good example of a painting that started out with no intention or direction, and led me somewhere specific. I am happy with the color balance and general effect of the piece. More progress on this one to come.... I spent eight hours with it yesterday, probably fifteen altogether at this point.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
These (and one more un-pictured) are my submissions for the 2009 New American Paintings South Jury. I completed these three January 1, 2009. Each represents approximately 4 months of effort. The forthcoming un-pictured submission took approximately 5 months.
I am pretty pleased with these paintings, as can be seen in my self portrait with them.