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. :)  

ART: Gyna Sapiens Awakening

"In her possession was the knowledge of her greatest treasure: sexual veto power."
Gyna Sapiens' Awakening, W36 x 48H, Natural Earth Paint acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.  Please inquire for purchase. 

Gyna Sapiens' Awakening, W36 x 48H, Natural Earth Paint acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.  Please inquire for purchase. 

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A new painting complete!  Finally, right? It is difficult keeping the 2016 ART PORN paintings I'm creating secret but such is sex and reality. ;) In the meantime, I created something I can show!

I began this painting in May after I completed "Heavenly Mind"  ("featured painting" in sidebar to your right). I was inspired by the universe background and the mask. The two paintings were conceptualized in a photo shoot that I did of a model back in Germany years ago (below) but as you can see, it's waaaay different in its final form.  This is part of what I love about art, that unknown.  I planned on the paintings being two perspectives of the same vision, something I've seen some artists do but something that just didn't work for me on this first try.

While the original photo conception looked ok as a photo idea, it wasn't translating into the the painting well and I struggled in various points throughout both paintings.

I couldn't stand the black in the painting. It felt lifeless even though I realized it was in the beginning stages of the painting when sometimes it hasn't developed yet but there was no passion and it went from beautifully inspiring to draining and depressing.

I dealt with the failed attempt and placed the unfinished canvas on the side and let it be for most of the summer.  I knew a spark would come, just didn't know when. Usually I feel guilty for not completing a painting but in this case, I was relieved to not have to deal with it and began my first new ART PORN painting for next year instead.  I mean, if it isn't flowing for you, go back to what you know best.

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I returned to painting this canvas when a friend suggested I use the super blood moon as a backdrop for my next painting being I was pretty disappointed I didn't get a chance to see it Sept 27th: my region had clouds. Such was the luck, or a twist of it. I went to bed that night thinking about what to paint to incorporate the blood moon and it hit me super fast.  The unfinished painting needed something on the left hand side of the canvas and the blood moon would be a fabulous fit.  I began the next day totally excited, like up at dawn, coffee and paint brushes in hand and ready to go.

I had no plan other than the moon addition, which I thought would be enough but it wasn't. I had a many challenges with this painting.  I repainted the face and hair and sky many times.  The hair felt constricted shorter and straight and her face started out too unappealing looking and just because I am this way, I wanted her to look sexier than she did in my original painting sketches.

And then as this happened, I felt a strong desire to bring more elements into it but I had no idea what kind. At some point I let go to this trust thyself thing and the magic happened and I realized what this painting was wanting to become and what it represented.  This is always such a relief point when you don't know how to move on with a painting.

What does this painting represent?

Glad you asked. 

I named it "Gyna Sapiens Awakening" after Dr. Leonard Shlain's visionary theory of the early primitive female he calls "African Eve". In his groundbreaking book "Sex, Time & Power: how women's sexuality shaped Human evolution",  Shlain's theory discusses feminine power in the history of Humanity and describes how her learning or connecting the elements of time to action to result - in other words, sex to pregnancy - became an incredible empowerment for females and evolution.  When "African Eve" makes this connection, that the sex she experienced 9 moons ago created human life otherwise known as childbirth, the interaction between the sexes was forever changed. In her possession was the knowledge of her greatest treasure: sexual veto power.

The moon, we know, is a "clock" female bodies ran by.  The cover of Shlain's book, Sex, Time & Power: how women's sexuality shaped Human evolution, highlights Sandro Botticelli "Birth of Venus". Once females took notice of the connection between sex, time and pregnancy, Shlain says, everything between the way man and woman interacted changed. It is here, too, males took notice of paternity and their connection within the act of creation. In essence, the conscious male/female relationship (as in the beginning of what we now label as romantic love) began to form. In its early times it'd call it more of a new attachment than a relationship but nonetheless, now they had common purpose: the family was created.  What binds family?  Love. 

My painting represents the "birth of love" between the primitive mind of the Homo Sapiens and awakening of mindful and bodily knowledge that was so vital to females that according to Shlain, our species should be called Gyna Sapiens instead of Homo Sapiens simply by the profound impression females have made on evolution for the Human species and survival.  I. Love. This.
"Time is a factory where everyone slaves away, Earning enough love to break their own chains". ~ Hafiz

"Time is a factory where everyone slaves away, Earning enough love to break their own chains". ~ Hafiz

So all of this began running through my head as I felt this female in the painting represented Shlain's "African Eve", the first female to notice the connection between time and this power of creating life.  It just clicked and so I decided to also incorporate some of the elements from Botticelli's art into this painting, namely the cattails (symbolizing Coastal Georgia for me), flowers and the scalloped shell upon which she stands as to connect the "birth" of "African Eve" and essentially, since a creator of life itself, the "goddess within" who represented the greater whole of Gyna Sapiens, the true bearers of life. Of course, I had to reference "Christian Eve" with the apple at her feet - unbitten, because why? There is no snake to tempt, no male to seduce: the owl's eyes are open to her new found knowledge as it sits perched beside her mind, in essence, what she controls through her thoughts and choices. 

The quote by Hafiz is exquisite and needed display in an appropriate manner and this felt perfect. The moon represents time and the "blood" moon aspect represents her menstrual cycle, for the Human female is the only female mammal in the Animal Kingdom not bound by an estrous cycle, meaning, she can become pregnant anytime during the year rather than other animals which must be in their mating phase. Simply put, the so called "Gyna Sapiens" female has a mind of her own and she can control her sexuality unlike any other female species on the planet.

Dr. Leonard Shlain's theory is much, much deeper and packed full of fascinating facts than I present. I chose one of many avenues of his message. Learn more about it on my "Resources Page" (link in the footer), under the "Books" category.

For some painting scale value, W 36" x H 48" 

For some painting scale value, W 36" x H 48" 

This is my largest painting for sale at 36" x 48" big. It's gorgeous in the sunlight, where the gold reflects from the layers of glazed paint, which sadly didn't translate well onto digital form so I brought you a scale photo instead since it's so big! 

I'm loving the artistic direction and the various elements incorporated into this painting because the message is its most important component. 

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