Just an update that my latest piece is finished (it actually has been, for about a week) but It's important to me that the client be the first to see it. But, there's nothing wrong with a little peek right?! ;-)
I have never named a work before it's completion. In a way, I've always felt like the finished work just seems to name itself, but this time it happened backwards. This is where things start to muddy up a bit for the camera. There are glossy points and more matted areas that don't show the pop of color that you would normally see once a work is varnished. It's also hard to see, unless close up, a lot of the detail that is starting to make its way through. I've included some close-up shots, to show some of the detail. I am having a lot of fun with this one, and getting a workout in the process... this baby ain't light (measures just under 7 feet by 2 1/2 feet), and has to be moved, by hand, during each layering process.
Thanks for your interest in the process! I can't wait for layer three!
As I like to say, often... The kind of painting that I do is 90% prep work and 10% fun. It's taken a little over a week longer than I had anticipated to get the studio area, paint mixing, and wood canvas prepped and ready to go. But the day has finally arrived, where I get to start laying down some paint! It is crucial, with a base of this size and structure, that each layer completely cover and envelope all exposed surfaces (top AND sides) in a smooth uninterrupted flow. What you are seeing here is layer one. I am predicting that this particular work will end up taking 3 to 5 layers before its complete.... I'm definitely going to need more paint! Lol. I'll get the next layer up, as soon as this layer has had a day or two to cure.
If I had to pick the most important life lesson that I've learned, to date, it's that there is always... ALWAYS, a positive angle that can be found, if you look hard enough. Life is all about experiences, and as we all know... not all of those experiences are easy. For me, the exhausting nature of some of these "life lessons" can sometimes seem so overwhelming that it is a challenge, in itself, to begin to "search" for the positive. It takes practice, but once you get into the automatic search for the positive... it does get easier. I've also discovered that spending time doing something that "takes you out of life" for a time, to help gain perspective, is essential. When I am creating a painting it's like a meditation, and through it's processes I gain a calmer, clearer perspective of the big picture of Life going on around me. A latest "positive" for me is that I am about to begin my next project. An 80" x 30" wood panel based piece. The smaller work that you see above ("Beyond" - 12"x 12") was a test panel of the approach that I will be taking. And below is a shot that will give you an idea of the scale of this project... I CAN'T WAIT!
My favorite time of year has arrived. The sunny days and that new crispness at night... and being able to open the windows and let a little breeze take over the house. But most of all, for me, it's the deep, rich, amazing colors that are such an inspiration to me...So, bring on the inspiration!
So, here I sit... attempting to write a blog... ha! This should be hilarious. Anyway, where do I start? It's been a really busy time for me, as of late. Things are happening! Some already know that for the past couple of years I've been building a small body of work, and now that I have some down-time from the studio, it's time to get a little more organized.
Until now I haven't really been ready to sell my works, as I was building up for a possible gallery show. But recently a client came to me and said that they wanted to buy "Serendipity", but would allow me to show the piece in any upcoming shows. This made my day, and the sale proceeded. This is a very special work to me, as it marks a transition of sorts in my painting. It was the first of it's kind... and I'm hooked.
The Winery Project...
I made an announcement, some time ago, that a local prestigious winery had asked to put four of my paintings on their wine bottle labels.... WELL... Update: While it's still very hush hush, there are a few things that I can leak as we go forward. As of this date, the four paintings have been chosen. There will be more information to come, so please stay tuned. And, thank you.
This is about to turn into a very exciting ride... and I'm glad you're along for the journey!