Change is a hard concept to fully grasp. Whether it's a big move you have been planning for some time or a small thing like using a new toothbrush. Life takes you in all different directions. Pulling you this way one day and another way the very next. Same goes with making work. Constantly thinking of what you are currently doing, what you have done and where it will lead next.
I had a summer job this year. And while I was there a lot (physically at least) I would often think about my time in the studio. What it really is leading me to and so on. And now that my work days are just about over I'm thinking back to the early days of the summer. I noticed how much my work has changed in 3 short months. How many advances I have not only made in the physical aspect of painting but the mental as well. How I am starting to find something that I want to keep exploring, and delve a little deeper into. This last month of summer before school starts I am devoting 100 percent to painting. Furthering my studies and experiments. I figure painting is going to be my life so the sooner I solely relay on it the better off I am. So here is to change, and all the excitement, mystery, and wonder that it will bring. I can honestly say that I have never been more ready for something like this. It's not a huge dramatic change, but it is a decision that I will hopefully look back on and smile that I decided to make it.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A drawing based off of a pretty interesting homeless man in the city. I did quite a few drawings of the homeless this past school year. And will most likely continue on doing more. To me they are more interesting, visually at least. All the interesting things that they hold, the way they carry themselves. And believe it or not the look of pure happiness that you do not see on the faces of some of the most successful business men walking the streets.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Not literal instruments. But in the sense that these are the tools I use almost every single day. To gesso, paint or piece together my canvases. I want to continue these. They were originally inspired by Jim Dine. He draws his tools almost as if they were portraits of people he knew. I have begun more and intend to keep working on them. Not only with charcoal, pencil or watercolor but with oil paint and what ever else I can get my hands on. Making them more paintings on paper rather then drawings.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
This past weekend was the open studio tour. Overall a great experience. A good amount of people came and went throughout the day. People were all really interested and enjoyed asking questions about my work and process. I was able to sell some work and make some new friends along the way!
Hopefully I will be able to participate in next years tour too.
Also made my first batch of prints for the event!
(still have some left.)
First time that i publicly showed my recent Crucifixion series. And I was very pleased with the reactions and comments people were making.
Friday, July 20, 2012
A quick 3 day piece. Its a 40x60 canvas based on the same day as my early morning walk in the storm.
This canvas however has been through a lot. It was a canvas left behind by another student two years ago. I then proceeded to do painting after painting after painting on the surface. I think a total of 7 different paintings underneath. Some ideas often start off good, but eventually become diminished. So here is the final result. And even though this is the final image, the painting has many textures that I would have never been able to achieve if not for the previous paintings.
Jersey Lights. 40x60. Oil on Canvas SOLD
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
While I have to spend most of the day waiting for a delivery that seems to never be arriving I have decided to make it into a productive day. I often think about the work I have done and where it will lead me next. And in this case my Rooms series. These paintings are purely for me, and I would like to keep them going where ever my life and travels take me. As for now it is home in Pennsylvania. Today I think I have stumbled onto my next piece. Its funny how different a photograph is then what I see in my head. The painting to come in the following days.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Still working on this new painting. It is starting to get where i want it to be. Still much more to be done in the coming days. This is a detail of the piece, close but still working....