Here’s a new one along with a bit of process.
This piece was started a few days ago in a quick nightly session that was “livecast” via my Instagram page. I call these little endeavors “first lines” sessions as I’ll usually start with the first few lines of graphite and then post every 10-15 minutes or so. One of these days I’ll actually get a timelapse video put together, but for now, this analog version will have to suffice.
step by step. (ooh baby)
Pen & ink, ink wash and acrylic on paper, varnished.
5.75″ x 8″ (2015)
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Oh, this piece…
Finally, finally finished. A weird timeline behind this painting. Originally begun as a drawing months and months ago, it was left abandoned in “the stack” and sort of left for dead as it evolved too ambitiously beyond what I had the patience or interest to complete. It remained untouched until a longtime patron asked about it and got me interested again. The goal was to pursue more of a “quick tighten” to get it to a stage where I’d be satisfied selling it, unfinished. Full disclosure: the buyer was happy to take it in the state it was, half colored, half inked, half unfinished, but my meticulous nature couldn’t let it be. I did pick up interest in further experimenting with it, and finally got it to the state you see it now.
The conversation with the buyer sparked a fire in how I will tackle certain drawings this year. The chat, combined with an eye on what viewers seem to respond to with the greatest enthusiasm, all combined with how distracted I get when making art has cause me to try an experiment. I will be playing with leaving drawings slightly “unfinished” to let the bones and underlying tissues show when releasing some new pieces. I’m tempted to release these as “studies” but then, I think of everything that I make a “study” for the next thing I’ll make. Instead, these will be attempts at staying loose, and not overworking pieces into the ground. I love seeing the early process of the work of artists I like, and have heard others feel similar about my work. My goal will be to keep some drawings “open” with “room to breathe” and other “phrases in quotation marks.” We’ll see how it plays out.
Until then, enjoy “Strata Upon Strata.”
Strata Upon Strata
Pen & ink, ink wash & acrylic on watercolor paper, varnished.
10.75″ x 17″ (2014)
This painting is sold, but to purchase other available artwork, please swing by the store.
Cue Liam Neeson voice, or Laurence Olivier if you’re more of a purist!
This is a recently finished new painting for a pretty cool new show at Subtext Gallery, opening Friday, August 12. The show is based around the classic “Release the Kraken!” line uttered by Liam Neeson in the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans. Purists will remember Sir Laurance Olivier delivering the line first, if with much less gusto in the original 1981 version. This is a different kind of art show, in that the artists were asked to paint on someone else’s painting. Several paintings of seascapes were culled from consignment stores and given to a handful of artists to reinterpret the famous line in whatever way they saw fit. It created a new challenge in having to paint over and around someone else’s original work, as much or as little as you wanted. This was challenging and ultimately a pleasure, as I changed the direction I was gonna go several times, before I just finally let go and had fun with it. Enjoy “In and Out at the End of the World.”
Here’s the original:
And after my contribution:
In and Out at the End of the World
Acrylic on found acrylic painting on canvasboard. Framed.
15.5″ x 11.75″ (2011)
And yes, it’s what you think it is. Here’s a detail shot:
Here’s a little before and after animation for perspective.