Contrary to the article I posted before this one, I have to say that there are some master painters/sculptors/printers, graphic artists and illustrators [and writers] who seem to achieve creativity and perfection together. I enjoy the perfection others bring to their art. Perhaps I never was meant to go there. However, I do think that my work is hindered by my attempt at perfection. I enjoy chaos a great deal and expressions of freedom that modern art allows. Currently I am working at my abstract and realistic paintings with renewed interest.
I recently produced a number of small paintings. They were all on canvas board and in acrylic. I have a few unfinished oils for that series waiting. My new projects are going to be realistic in expression and figurative in subject. I am hesitating a bit to begin. I have taken photo studies and have done some life drawing as warm ups. There will be at least 2 oil paintings started by next week. Originally I thought I’d do 2 figures together but I now think they look best alone. As I have done in the past – I will probably go for a graffiti wall backdrop – I am not too keen on placing the subject in a specific location. The graffiti allows me to add subtext or just some atmosphere.
Here is the 3 Graces I worked on in 2010. The new paintings are hopefully going to be better than this one. I made too many changes in the painting below. Ultimately I didn’t like the final outcome.