thoughts on the latest paintings

Unmade WishesPrey

Hey y’all! Finally got the latest painting up on the website, the feathers, titled Prey, are somewhat of a complement to the bones, titled Unmade Wishes. Almost a diptych, but not really, as they can stand alone also, but I believe the ideas behind them were similar. Formally, in both works I was interested in the repetition of forms.

My thoughts behind the work swirled around the ideas of internal and external stability. I like the ideas of bones holding us up, holding us together, but these bones are exposed, stacked, wishbones saved up for… what? The Unmade Wishes that hold us together, the hopes we have saved up inside ourselves.

As for Prey, I like the idea of the feathers as a sense of freedom, of flight, but also feathers as protection, armor. Feathers falling free through the air, detached, no longer offering protection or flight, as if the bird had fallen prey to something unseen. The feather that inspired the painting is actually from a Parrot, the colors changing as the feather is rotated, just as our own colors rotate and change as our armor is unhinged.

And finally, I’ve finished the drawing and am ready to transfer and begin painting again on my latest work, which I hope to begin today, and which will probably take me about a month to six weeks to complete if I am diligent on my days off of work. To discuss my process a little, I always work from a base color/texture on the canvas, and then do my drawing separate on paper before transferring the drawing onto the canvas and beginning to paint. I find this process to work the best in terms of the translucency of the oil paint – as I’ve developed my process, I don’t want ghost images from tweaking the drawing present on the canvas while I paint. I love both aspects of the work, the drawing as the blueprint for playing with colors and layers on the canvas later.  I’ve managed to create a fairly streamline workspace in my little home, using the slider window as my flat drawing surface allows me to fiddle with both drawing and painting whenever I please.  work station

 

I should probably go back through all my other paintings and write up similar thoughts on my choices for them as a means to create a more cohesive understanding of what I’m working on in terms of my imagery. It is easy to come up with images that speak to me, but it is much more of a challenge to actually speak about them with clarity. Eventually an artist statement will reveal itself to me, but I don’t want to jump the gun on describing this body of work before I can inclusively define how they all fit together. Time is on my side though, as I’m still waiting on framing and am months out from getting a gallery show together.

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