Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Squiggy's Journey

I like to review the studies I do for a painting because I find it interesting to see how different each study can be (even though it is from the same image source).

source image

charcoal and graphite on paper

chalk pastel on paper

oil on paper

Squiggy, 48" by 36", oil on canvas, 2017
I like the feeling of the large painting. It's kind of squinty and twitchy. The title comes from the vague memory of a character from Laverne & Shirley.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Compare and contrast

I thought I'd put my two most recent paintings side by side and see how they compare and contrast:
Raphus Cucullatus Nebula

-loose brush work that evokes emotion
-strong contrast of lights and darks (high key)
-off-centre focal point/composition

-Raphus looks like it's a shallow window whereas Manscape has a more ambiguous space
-more imagery/elements in Raphus

I feel like these could almost go side by side in an exhibition and hold together. They are painted in a similar way which I think ties them together. I enjoyed painting both of them and I'm very excited to see how viewer might respond to them . . . now if only I could get some shows ;)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New batch of collages!

I'm working on a new batch of collages for this series of paintings that start from a fractured image.
Here are some samples

I'm excited to try my loose brushwork with these images! I'm still not sure what these paintings mean or how they will be interpreted by an audience, but I'm intrigued enough with the process to keep going.