Monday, June 16, 2014

About a Painting 2: "Growth"

Growth, is probably the most narriatively complex piece I have created thus far. There are lots little details that tell a complex, contemporary and alarming story. It is comentrary about a unsure future with a comedic twist. Comedy in the tragic sense. I'll try my best to explain.


I was thinking about how climate change is going to disproportionally to effect the less wealthy half of the population and locations more than others both figuratively and literally. At the same time to believe that whole heartedly is maybe a little pessimistic and archaic. An old way of thinking, the past like a underwater forgotten city in ruins. A unsustainable and uneducated system. I wanted this lost city to spell out the word "Growth" with little island tops of leasure. 


So I refereed to the drawing above I made previously and inserted it into the drawing below from my sketchbook.


 I then sketched out the letters imbedded in the building design. I thought it was interesting that the letter "R"would float independantly in the water. Somewhere or something between the shape being full of hot air and the floating islands on Pandora was the idea. 


I then decided on a murky green and blue pallet and stretched a canvas. Cold ocean water. 


I layered the drawing over the canvas and created this below composition to set up the final template. 


At this point it was time to paint. From November to early January I worked on this piece just about everyday. I wanted to add secondary images that told a similar but different story.  I wanted to show a leisurely post exisitance that can be looked at two fold. Unconcerned about the change to come, or embracing a problem solved. 


Behold, the post apocalyptic AirBnB. 


Complete with its own entertainment...


fine dining...


and hidden danger...


The finished piece. I enjoy that to fully get the whole feel of this piece it really has to be viewed in person. I appreciate the idea that the internet and screens cannot stand in for every experience. The conceptual value although falls a little short of the impactful value of a powerful image like "Attack!", thus valuing it slightly less than that piece.


Thanks for reading...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

About a Painting 1: "Attack!"

I am hoping that this new attempt at blogging will be a journal to spark interest about paintings I have available. I figure the best way to share my pieces to those who have not seen them in person or want to know more is to write about them. Lets see how it goes.

About a Painting 1: "Attack!"

I made Attack! between January and early April of last year. It took me the longest amount of time per hour of any painting in my life. it is arguably the best and also for sure the most repetitious at the later stages of execution.


It started as an idea and a sketch. The initinal idea came from hanging out with music producer Jerry Wonda. Jerry is a really talented guy that I was lucky enough to spend some time with in 2012 - 2013 when I was paling around at a venture creative agency. Jerry would use the word "Attack!" to spark the brains of his team at the music studio. I took note of the historically aggressive command and found it charming as a motivator to be productive. 

Then I questioned what "productive" meant. I concluded that productivity should be a measurment between ones ability to create union between nature and ambition as means to conserve the natural environment. It's a stretch, and it is the kind of thoughts I have when given the opportunity to daydream. The thought created an image in my head, delicate flowers in the classic comic font of the aggressive word. So there it was, brain met hand and after researching some fonts the above sketch was born. 

I developed the otter sketch by hand and computer...


I then shifted my attention to the inside of the text. I knew that I wanted the outline to be daisies so that the white petals could help the viewer see the word clearly. The inside however I wanted to be colorful roses that the viewer could get lost in. I sketched out the inside...


Then added color digitally...

Then brought the 2 worlds together...

With background...


After this point it was time to stretch a canvas and transfer the digital image to the actual surface...


This is the skeleton of the piece. 


The underpainting and Guston on the couch.





The first under layers of colors...

Up until this point I was working in acrylic to get a road map of the components of the painting. Building up the layers slowly letting the image surface in its own way. I just followed along a bit.   


Once I had a basic understanding of where I was, I switched to oil paint to work with the detail and to create the texture. It would take about an hour a flower and there are hundreds of flowers in the painting. I would paint them dark to light and never used black to keep the colors vibrant. They really pop out and almost feel like they are pulsating. 


Finished at an angle..




The finished piece...



"Attack!" Acrylic then Oil on Canvas - 2013 - 62in x 44in. 

This piece took me a really long time and I want to able to devote a similar kind of effort for future pieces. My asking price is around $13,000 for my time and artwork for this painting. I will be sharing other pieces soon that are less expensive but I thought I bring forward perhaps my best piece first. Thank you for reading.