When I set up and started I didn't realize I was standing on an ant hill. About an hour into the painting I was stomping around and doing a dance because I had ants in my pants! I put up with it a bit longer so I could finish my painting. I was sure to check my next location really well before starting so I could avoid the repeat ant dance.Read More
Speed Studies is a great for many reasons! A couple, is testing out new styles (expressive painting) and exploring color. Watch the painting grow in the slideshow below and final product at the bottom!
Here I set up a still life in a analogous color scheme. I picked colors in the red family and then added a few elements of it's opposite, green. This is a great exercise to create mood and harmony in a painting. I kept things very loose until the end. This allowed me to keep edges soft creating a lost and found approach to the edges. Lots of layers of color were added while I shifted colors to create harmony in the piece.
Kids at play have been a theme in my work for a few years now, especially showing up in the 1950s series. While reading and talking to others about the 50s I am always confronted with a nostalgic innocence surrounding childhood. Was the world more peaceful 60 years ago? What changed so drastically that caused a generation to look back and covet "the good ole days?" I think these questions have many answers and are quite complex, however I believe there was a simplicity, spirit of life and adventure, and optimism in the 50s that I find beautiful and try to emulate in my work.