I recently sold the work above and I was asked if it had a title. I usually don’t title my work unless I have to document it. The result is that sometimes my titles are random and sometimes they are just descriptive. I decided to title this work Resilience.
My friend, who owns a small business bought another work like Resilience in October last year and she was talking to me about applying for grants during the pandemic and how difficult it is. She said she looked at the painting that she bought and felt calmer. So understandably I was really happy that something I had made had helped my friend and I was inspired to paint another painting with the same process.
painting bought in October 2019
The process for these paintings is somewhat random. I take watercolor paper and I squirt concentrated watercolor onto the surface. Sometimes I add water. The paint falls where it wants to for the most part. I do a little directing but I let the process dictate how things will look. Then I paint my small watercolor into a larger acrylic painting. So I like to think of it as finding beauty in chaos.
I hope you are all doing well and feeling resilient.
“Out on the highway the last faint water colors of the sun were gone beyond the hills and whatever they were chasing was so far ahead as to be only a swift fleck now shown in lamplight now set free, running into the dark.” -Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes
There are so many phrases and words that beg to be illustrated in Ray Bradbury’s books. He writes in pictures. This quote struck me as I was reading Something Wicked. It’s just the way he captures the past turning into the present when he describes the sunlight and the dark.
I did not portray the exact moment in the Bradbury’s writing but it inspired different pictures having to do with boys running outside and the setting sun. I may return to the book to find some other scenes to paint.
One of the great things about where I’m living is how close it is to DC and DC’s museums. I’ve been making a habit of visiting the National Gallery and the Smithsonian. Additionally I’ve been doing some reading on art history. Mostly, about the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.
The National Gallery had exhibits on photography and on pastel drawing. The photos displayed were a little later then the daguerrotype, discovered in 1939. They were on paper, instead of silver plates. It’s still fun to see all those people in bowler hats and the landscapes that photographers were drawn to. Also interesting to note that several photographers in the show were painters.
The pastels displayed from the end of the 19th century (and a few from the 20th century) and some of the paintings from the museums permanent collection were fun to look at too. And Degas and Manet create such engaging subjects. I’m assuming they used photography. And of course it was fun to see the museum’s permanent collection as well.
I’m not sure how all of this is influencing my art except to say I feel less guilty about using so many photos. I think I will be sticking with portraiture for awhile.
Recently I was contacted to participate in a group show at the Fillmore in downtown Silver Spring by RAW Natural Born Artists. The show is on October 24th from 7 to 11pm. I’m super excited to be in the show with 59 other artists. There will be a lot to look at. If you are interested in supporting me in the endeavor buy a ticket on my profile page.
For anyone unfamiliar with the Fillmore, it’s a music venue. It’s very easily accessible by metro. There are also many parking garages around it.
Well, I’m hoping to talk to some new people and old friends. I hope to see you there!
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here and it’s not that I haven’t been busy it’s that the nature of my projects have changed. For example, I am helping a friend of mine with a big collaborative project he’s producing called Kitchen Sink Fest. It will be performed or displayed at Dance Place on July 30th and 31st if anyone is interested in checking it out. I would explain more but I’m not really sure what the end product is going to be. I just provided some artwork to be used in it.
However I am happy to say I have a new project that I will display on here gradually. I’ve just gotten into screen printing which is amazingly fun. I decided to do a series of scenes from DC for my first project in this medium. So here are two examples of what I’ve done. Let me know if you know where they are!