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I hardly have time to document what I'm doing, it all changes so quickly. But this is worth posting. These images are turning out fantastic. The reception from people seeing them for the first time is amazing and the response from people who have worked on rigs is even better.
It's good to be connecting with people. It's good to be making art that has the same effect on viewers as it has on me. That, I think is the key. It's honest art, and I like to think that it contains hints of truth, which is something you can only achieve by being both honest and obtuse at the same time. And that's a good feeling for me. To create something that is both beautiful and ugly, precious and disposable, frightening and whimsical, that's what I want, it's what my poetry is about and what I feel I'm finally starting to touch on with my painting. It's good to feel that coming together.
Sold these five yesterday. I had been concerned because there was nothing else going on this week. Rather than stress it I put all my effort into this one commission piece with a great story behind it. I thought why do one when I can do five. So I over-delivered. Never expected they would buy all five, but they did! I'm grateful to have the support of such wonderful people. Now I gotta get back to work.
Had an awesome weekend in New Orleans. Pictures are coming, but more important, for those of you who were interested in Duane or Rufus's stuff, here is the link to their facebook page, and if you can't reach them there, you're welcome to email me or comment on this post.
Thanks for making this trip a success!
Thanks to my friends at 4th Dimension studio, I now have enough space to work on a number of floor paintings at once!
Which means not only can I go back to doing layer-paintings with acrylic washes, which really have to be done laying down, but I can do a bunch of them at once.
Best of all I get to work alongside a bunch of other talented people.
The new round of paintings are darker than the old ones, but they also incorporate a wider range of colors. Of course all these are unfinished, so it has yet to be seen whether they will brighten up with the final layers.
Also in the lineup are a new round of drizzle paintings and some mod-podge paintings, which, are a little different from my usual style in that they use mod-podge as a semiopaque additive which is a good way of spreading that pigment around while giving your painting some extra depth. Mod-podge tends to turn white if exposed to high levels of humidity so it is important to properly seal these paintings.
On the one hand these new paintings are a departure from the more traditional style I had to return to when I was working on the daylight boat scenes last month. they are less controlled and significantly darker, but they also look much more balanced in my opinion, only because I have more practice with this method.
Check back soon for more updates, I need to finish these quickly and start a whole new round of work in anticipation of Arts and Crafts.
It's surprising how much art happens on a sailboat. Despite the size constraints, I am able to turn my relatively small living space into a workshop where I can work on four or five pieces at once. This is important because when I'm doing acrylic washes, they need a good hour or more to dry, especially if they are very watered down.
This works if I'm staying elsewhere for the night. When it comes time to actually sleep on the boat, four or five paintings all drying can put off some fumes. I've made the mistake of sleeping in a sealed up boat full of wet paint and if you don't like headaches it is not recommended.
I have always been a little conflicted with the painting of sealife. The marinas at nighttime those come naturally because I spent so much time at the marina in Lake Erie. The other kind of paintings that seem to come naturally are the paintings that I do of trees and wildlife
But squid and fish and octopus, people don't really want those kinds of paintings in Pennsylvania. I'd always sketched these kinds of things but it wasn't until I came to Alabama that I ever thought to paint one and try to sell it.
You know people say that art isn't about money, but people also forget that commerce is a kind of communication. Yes, it's true that I can't afford to not sell my work. Paintings need to move to make room for more paintings. I need money for supplies and bills to pay. I don't have the luxury of practicing in private and keeping my work to myself until it is to where I want for it to be.
If I did, I might keep these smaller pieces like the one on the left to myself, because they are after all, more like sketches, in the same way that musicians don't put a show on and charge admission to every practice session, I don't really want to put every little sketch-piece I do on sale.
However, I am glad that I'm sort of forced to work the way I do. I'm glad I have to show people every little thing I paint and give them the opportunity to buy it. It challenges me to be relevant. It keeps me humble. It's very humbling to have your best and worst pieces alike put on display for all to see, and humbling to have to put a price on them, especially when you have to lower the price because something isn't selling.