Recently, when I got back from Santa Fe I felt the urge to get back into painting. So I did about 7 fast paintings. Most of them were not great but I was excited that the trip got me going again because I mostly work in my sketch books. The first three paintings were still lives, then I did a couple portraits for my cousin’s engagement/wedding and I also did this depiction of a stuffed animal that I have. I think out of everything this was the most fun to paint because it was the simplest. I actually have repeatedly drawn or painted this elephant since college.
My painting spurt is over now, but I’m hoping that I will do more since I have some free time coming up. Maybe I’ll do something else with my elephant or portraiture.
I started working with watercolor studies about a month ago. It’s a pretty simple concept of letting watercolors mix and using washes as well as concentrated blobs of color. The challenge has been to take these studies and blow them up into acrylic paintings. In some cases I got the flow of imagery and in others I didn’t. Part of the fun is the transformation that switching mediums has on a concept though. In any case, I hope to find a place to display the work and in the meantime am happy to share the work here online.
For some reason the election has moved me to paint flowers in really bold colors and really strong shapes reminiscent of the pop movement. The only reason I have for this is that I was feeling really emotional and needed something that I could paint fast. Or maybe this is just how I see things when I’m shocked.
So as I said I’ve been working with some screen printing. The top image is the same that I worked with for a series on paper. The image is of connecticut in Dupont. The other is of people I took a photo of in the metro. It may or may not be done. I’m hoping to have a show with these works at some point in the future. I just need to find a venue…maybe in DC.
I’m still working with screen printing and scenes from DC. This is the first of a number or panels I have on the scene. I’m finding that the way I doodle and collect images in my sketch book is coming out on this work. It’s fun to see it at a larger scale.
I was trying to think of a good title for the page and Moby’s song is the only thing that came to mind…although this is sort of a play on the poem, “I am a constellation“. Let your mind play with those ideas. But essentially this is an image of a woman in a twisted position during yoga filled with a super nova and a heart at her center. You can see from this post and the last post that I had a few other ideas that I ultimately decided against.
Here are images from the first stages of a painting I am working on. It’s someone doing a twist in yoga. But I’m turning it into another yoga pose in my series so it’s becoming a little surreal. The dimensions are 3x4feet. I have no clue where I’m going to hang it yet…it might be part of an art installation though so that would be pretty cool.
I have gotten mixed reviews for this painting but all in all I like it. A friend of mine did the pose for me so I could model the painting off of her and it really transformed from the photo of her. Something that does not come across in this photo is the silver and the bronze paint. The definitions of the shapes are a bit more stark in person. You get the idea though.