New Art: The Charmed Muse

New painting finally complete and let me tell you, this was a long time in the making!

I began this painting a year and a half ago and worked on her regularly until last summer when I just lost momentum. I felt like she needed something else or that the painting needed another element or maybe more four leaf clovers for good luck... I don't know.  She had me perplexed for a while.  I almost painted out the flowers, then I decided to leave them and just darken them enough to subdue them into the background but then they were too dark and she was too bright.  The balance on this piece was like a dance: sometimes it flowed and other times it fumbled.

I changed her face three to four times trying to get the right look, which sometimes is super easy and other times it's torture. In her case it was just trial and error. She hung on my wall for a couple months at the studio and then I took her home hoping for added inspiration while I fine tuned her on days I was there. I'm finally calling her done.  I have nothing more to add without fear of messing up the good that's there.  Sometimes that's the finishing point for an artist because sometimes the "as is" is just perfectly acceptable within a domain of imperfection, which is in fact, ours. There's a point in painting, as in life, when you have to know to let it be.   

This painting is pretty special to me personally.  It had various meanings through its development for me, much of it inspirational and the title has changed each time but I decided on "The Charmed Muse".  I had hoped to have it complete last March for a partial thematic St. Patrick's Day thing but I'm -- gulp -- a year late.

I enjoyed my time painting her.  She was a pleasure to look at for so long, and to go through that lengthy process of creating, modifying and finalizing her while feeling her energy out to ultimately making the various changes she demanded as she came to life was an interesting progression of thought and creative pondering. She changed every few months and so this point of "finished" has a bit of empowerment to it. I've never taken this long to complete a painting so I've never had an internal dialogue with other paintings as I have had with this one. Pretty sexy painting, I think.

The building to the left is Savannah City Hall with its gold dome, which you can't tell is gold in the photo.  It was an afterthought element which is why there is so little of it in the frame but I want it known what it is because Savannah has served as a "muse" to my artistic inspirations, as well as the person I'm becoming and the directions I'm setting some of my larger bets on. Savannah, the city and its imprints, had a distinct and definite influence on the progression of this painting. 

The Charmed Muse, 30W x 40L x 1.5D inches, acrylic on canvas. Inquire for purchase.

New Art: "In the Midst of Fall"

click image for larger view |  "In the Midst of Fall" 

My new painting, "In the Midst of Fall" came to me while driving one late October day.  I had sketched the figure earlier at my the studio without much clue what I'd create to surround her and then I had this flash of Birch trees (or Aspens but I was thinking Birch) in a winter white, pure environment. I couldn't wait to get back to the studio the next day to continue and try it.

However, as art flow goes, when I began to paint it that way it felt wrong and detached.I was rather sad that black was the right choice.  I'm not happy in the place of blackness at this time in my vision's sight, even in paintings and yet, there it was, all around.  

I started off with dark blue just to soften the harshness of black but it didn't work.  I knew the Birch trees would pop against the black as would she and so I followed my intuition and changed my original plan for something more colorful emerging from the void behind her.  You have to go with what feels right and not with what you think is right.

This painting was primarily meant to interpret the changing of the seasons and thus ourselves within them.  On a deeper level, it reflects that time when we realize change is imminent.  The cardinal's presence symbolizes various things that work for the painting and that's left to the audience. For me, birds symbolize flight and flight is freedom.

"In the Midst of Fall" is available for purchase, please inquire.  30"Wx40"Hx1.5"D, acrylic on canvas.  

New Art: "Resting on Her Laurels"

Great new painting I just finished.  Love her.

She's for sale with info in the main menu under "nude gallery" on my website.

I was intrigued by the pose, which is what caught my attention and provoked me to begin this painting. I had no real plan or idea for it but I knew I wanted gold incorporated into it, just didn't know how - or how much.  It's easy to overdo the gold and I did so I had to cover it up several times until I settled for the below results. Over time she developed a goddess-like quality and the laurel seemed a perfect addition at the end, which rather defined the painting for me, as well as the title.

"Resting on Her Laurels", November 2016, acrylic on canvas, 24"W x 36"L x 1.5"D

"Resting on Her Laurels", November 2016, acrylic on canvas, 24"W x 36"L x 1.5"D

 

 

 

Art, take 2: "Eve's Liberation"

You've seen this piece before under a different title. I completed it last October but there have always been a couple elements I didn't fully like after I posted it and meant to change them but never did, in part because I was too scared to and in part because I was lazy, the latter probably driven by the former.  

Recently an artist call for a local show, "Faith", came up and I felt strongly that this piece represented everything I could roll up into the word "faith" and decided to submit it.  However, those elements had to be changed before I could; I had to - pardon - have faith in that I could make the necessary changes without messing up the original somehow, because that's what happens when we do these afterthought touch-ups. 

I'm happy to report that I didn't screw it up and in my mind, made this piece better.  The original quote in the painting, while really great and powerful, didn't belong even when I felt it did at the time I did it and I think this piece is perfect on its own now without it.

To read about the making of this piece and it's meaning - which is my core platform for my life, my art, my existence -  please view my original post on it.  I changed the name of this art piece from the original too, as mentioned. We can have a long conversation about the original name choice if you want to but simply, "Eve's Liberation" is much more approachable to the audience who conflicts associating Latin root words with their gynecologist no matter how hard I try to explain the original title's logical origins.  Sometimes an idea just doesn't catch on...i get it.

So, here's my updated and modified artwork, "Eve's Liberation".  I feel very good about it as it stands now.  It's 36 inches by 48 inches so it's a large piece and equally so, largely dear to my heart. I'll update if it gets chosen for the show and if not, I'm thrilled to have had it propel me to get brave. :)