April 2011

A Blast from the Past with Number 28

by ncwinters on April 27, 2011

Muthereffing Voltron!

Yes, this drawing is a Voltron themed one. This will tie in pretty directly with the big show I’ll be working on for the next year. Lots of 80s themed cartoons, pop culture references and goodies for all my fellow children of the 80s. Imma try to keep them fun, hopefully you enjoy the ride!

Acrylic and ink on paper. 9″ x 6″ (2011)
Number 28 of 100 Drawings.
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Number 27, After a Short Delay

by ncwinters on April 25, 2011

Lots of art stuff going on lately.

Lots of show pieces for various group shows in addition to my big ass solo show coming next March. Lots of experimentation (with art) and many irons in the fire. Not really in a bad way, or in a necessarily overwhelming way, more in a “that’s why there hasn’t been a new 100 Drawings drawing in awhile” way. Here’s an example of some recent experimentation. One of a very few pieces with no figurative element whatsoever. I know. It happens sometimes.

I’ve also been pulling more old unfinished paintings out of the recently cleaned garage/second studio. Many are on wood, so not sure how that’s gonna go, but I’ll probably throw them up in the store anyway, just for giggles. This new one however, is acrylic on paper. Enjoy.

A Hidden Release
Acrylic on paper. 6.75″ x 6.5″ (2011)
Number 27 of 100 Drawings.
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Unwritten Number Twenty-Six…

by ncwinters on April 9, 2011

…even though I end up writing a lot about it!

This “drawing” ended up being a lot of fun. That was the original goal, and it’s great when it actually happens.

Number 26 of 100 Drawings was another culled from the stack of abandonment, reworked, experimented with and in general, let loose upon. There’s something here that I’m enjoying and that’s really working in my art head. It may not come across, I’ll have to go back and scour the drawings I’ve felt this way about (using the blog in a useful way!) and analyze the common theme, but I think it’s the beginning of a move away from pure renderness.

So much of the work I’ve done has come to establish me as a drawer that renders the ever loving shit out of a painting. I like it, it’s fun, but it gets to a point when it becomes tedious. I like to say the first half of a drawing or painting is fun, the second half is work. Every brushstroke and mark builds up and leads to a series of fewer choices down the road. You make artistic decisions and then are forced to deal with them later. For me, the trick is to make that final work still remain fun. Too many paintings end with me frustrated and defeated.

Perhaps it’s the perfectionist in me. I’ve heard critics say “that’s good enough” and “no one is gonna notice that much detail” and it annoys me. *I* know how much detail is required, because that’s what makes it *my* work and not someone elses. However, there is a kernel of truth where you have to maintain a balance and finish the work in a timely manner. Someday when there’s more time, when the kid is older, when responsibilities and priorities afford more time to just take forever on every painting, I can slave meticulously for years on something.

While that point is not here yet, my original point (is there one even?) is that I’m enjoying finding ways to break up that monotony and experiment with looser, more gestural and abstract painting methods blended in with some of the renderness. Man, have I been rambling away.

All of this could probably be said easier by just saying “I’m having fun with splatterely brushiness.” Enjoy.

Ink, watercolor, marker, and acrylic on paper. 7.75″ x 10.75″ (2011)
Number 26 of 100 Drawings.
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