There’s a lot of pressure when you do realistic paintings. Your style, the content and choices to use a reference or not, it’s all overwhelming sometimes. So when I did a few paintings recently where there was no objective – you’re in the moment – I felt so free. Here are some of the latest abstract pieces I’ve begun. They’re certainly not done – let’s see where my brain takes them next.
This painting has gone through many stages and yesterday I finally finished it by adding Mrs. Octopus. It’s funny how you think you’ve finished a painting, you take pictures and even find a spot for it on your wall and then you notice something about it. Something you don’t like. You can’t forget about it! I had thought this painting was finished and then there was an Octopus tentacle looking at me every time I walked by it. It just didn’t look right. So I made it right!
This is the first time I’ve got out a sketch book and tried to come up with a painting idea before I start painting. I did, however, paint this background first and came up with an idea after staring at it a while. We’ll see if I actually paint what I sketched. I just like the idea of coming up with an idea and trying to execute that instead of my usual fly by the seat of my pants. Keep an eye on my Instagram to see more frequent updates.
I’ve been running out of canvases so I took a painting out of Phoenix’s room and asked her what I could paint for her (I didn’t like the old painting) and she asked for birds. So I painted a family portrait using local birds. Roman is a mallard because he is mad for water, Rod is a chickadee because he’s fast and likes all seasons, I am a red wing blackbird because I love it’s song and Phoenix is a blue jay because she squawks and makes lots of noise, she’s bold and beautiful.
There’s a painting in Roman’s room too but I’m not sure I’m ready to paint over it just yet.
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