Saturday, December 6, 2008
After painting for almost a year on 12" x 18" formats, I have recently started to paint on tore open cardboard boxes, the sizes mostly 3' x5' or so. This requires a whole new set of muscles and and new way of standing at the easel (or away from it and over the art on the floor). Bigger brushes but still a "disregard" for the surface as long as the image gets its day. I like dealing with the new texture and splits in the surface. I also gouge and tear the surface if I feel like it, and put the paint cans down right on the painting. House paint on cardboard.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
These truck paintings are from a series bases on old utility trucks from the 30's, 40's, and 50's when function and style competed for attention. Trucks seem to last longer than cars, perhaps because they are simpler and taken care of better? I continue to work on the theme of Junkyard Dogs, but the next posts will be much larger and on old card board boxes.
Monday, October 20, 2008
House paint on brown paper bag. This series of early autos was inspired by my love of car shows and growing up in the '50s and '60s when the design of a car seemed to mean something. All that "forward thinking" is now rusting away or in a few cases, preserved by car buffs. "Junk yard dogs" are rapidly disappearing as junk yards disappear. I love the contrast between the "space aged design" of the autos and the rough media I chose to represent them in.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I received great advice from 2 people, one said to make 100 paintings, then decide what my art will look like. The other encouraged me to investigate alternatives to expensive art supplies which is when I decided on this limited pallet and basic support of the paintings. I have made 67 paintings since last January and when I post more you will see a variety of papers encluding cardboard boxes. These 3 Dog paintings are from a series of 16 paintings of my old english sheep dog right before he passes away last spring.