I have been fortunate, to have been commissioned to do a number of paintings these recent months. it has kept me busy, kept the bills paid(more or less), and has kept me from standing out in the cold at markets more than necessary. While I am excited to wrap some of these up and get back to the market, I'm looking forward to doing more. Commissions force me to become a better artist, because unlike work that I do just for myself, commissons have to look just right. Here are just a few.
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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.