Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Succulence




This painting began as another figurative painting. It was based on a sort of dream/vision I had about the creative process, which involved a strange story regarding a muse and alligator babies that I fed by allowing them to suckle blood from my arms. Ok, never mind that part. But basically I converted those images into cultural quasi-religious symbols. My major aim has been to create color combinations and patterns which vibrate positively together as a unit. However as the idea for the painting is rooted in the figurative do not be surprised if the main shape reminds you of a bathtub.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Progressions of Paintings Unfinished




This post strikes me as particularly poetic.

I take progression photos for two reasons. 1.) so I have a record of what it looked like so I can be more confident about proceeding to potentially mess it up, and 2.) because while painting it is hard to remember what it once looked like and how changed the work is.

Change is not always completely good; I often miss the free untidy rough look once I get to the end of the progression, and sometimes I take it too far and the painting becomes rigid. If anyone knows how to prevent this, I welcome suggestions.

But I do also enjoy the particular zeitgeist of each panel, each in its own way.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Elixir, or, Yello Woman, revisited

This may no longer be a work in progress... or is it? This piece was subject to a poll last year when I was not sure what to do with it. See before and after by going back to posts from April and September 2009. Woah, big difference.