May 30, 2011
I’ve been working on a couple of new pieces to be displayed as part of a month long show at Mariposa, a café in Cambridge (June 6th – June 30th). I’ll be putting up between 16 and 18 pieces of work that range from brand new to older work I’ve never publicly displayed. Here’s some process shots of one of the new paintings:
It’s not uncommon for me to do the figures in my paintings as drawings on paper first and then Mod Podge them onto the canvas and paint untop of them from there. Here I used ink, graphite, sharpies, and Prismacolor makers to render this meditating man dressed in a Saffron business suit.
The figure is pasted onto a canvas that I already created a bunch of texture on. I start to collage on found materials to create the amorphous fireball emerging from his head. Kind of hard to see but there’s some serene landscapes in the center there (all the cool blue and green tones).
I go back to the paint brush again and start blending all the collaged pieces together as well as adding some new shapes and colors. I love using collage for the texture but I’m not a huge fan of the hard lines it often leaves between pieces so it’s no uncommon for me to painting over things to try and make them look more natural.
And we’re done. I decided to try something new here and hard-lined a lot of the forms in the painting with black. I’ve done this with some drawings before but not very often with paintings. I really like how it looks with this pieces but probably won’t start using this technique with all of my work.
Enjoy! Show goes up next week so stop by, grab a cup of coffee and check out some art.