Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Break Through on a Series

Today I had a break through. I was "stuck" at the studio all day since my car was in the shop. Consequently I was left me with a good 7 hours to paint today. Because of this, I had a lot of time to contemplate my next couple of moves on my painting and now I am done with it! I am so happy with the results. It has the right about of randomness, "grit", and tightness that I was looking for. This is exactly the direction that I would like my new series to take and it wasn't easy for me to get here, but I am here.

I also have two more pieces in the works. I will probably be using some anatomical drawings, especially bones, in these pieces. I have always been fascinated with anatomy (I can name about 80% of the bones in a body of the top of my head) and have used bone and heart drawings in previous paintings. I also realize that there is a slight morbid connection between these images of people now long gone and having random bones (or teeth as in the above image), which implies death,  juxtaposed with them. I want to play with it and make it a subtle aspect of the paintings. Of course, I say this now, but tomorrow when I am actually painting, it may not work or I may feel differently. Either way, I am liking the more spontaneous nature of these paintings. 

The pre-waxed stage of this painting.


  1. You have made a fabulous breakthrough! Looking forward to seeing more!

  2. Thanks for sharing your creative process with me! Congrats on your break through!

  3. A very good transition! You are really on to something. I like that they have a more timeless look than retro.