Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Note to self: SCISSORS LIFT!!!
This project is going well. I plan on having it roughly finished next week, and then spending a couple extra days doing some fun trompe --with the blocks and foliage flying out at us. How large/close can I paint an 'oncoming' concrete block and have it maintain the illusion?
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I just like how this looks with the grid. I thought I was doing a scale of 2"=1', but I missed a calculation step. It'll work fine though, if I make my full-scale grid have 9" squares.....2"=9"
I'm testing paints for bond, paint flow, durability, and receptivity to (and/or need for) top coat.
The paint base I'll be painting over is a glossy commercial grade latex acrylic paint. It'd be nice to paint the entire house with this Asian look. Concrete block is so style receptive.
Monday, July 14, 2008
This will be a 10' x 16' mural in the gymnasium. I'm painting this maquette today, and then I will make a full scale drawing to transfer on-site. Because of the scale, this will almost be plotted out, like a paint by numbers. My goal is to get a fairly three-dimensional illusion using very graphic techniques. The key to this is using the right color in the right shape. I love how one can get a very enjoyable illusion of form with sparse rendering, simply using shapes of color.
This will be fun (except for driving three hours each day).
Sunday, July 13, 2008
It's a very simple mural, but some required double coating, etc. I had to book a bit, as I had to make my 6:00 pm birthday party in Shelbyville, which was on the way home.
I forgot to photograph the second mural, but it was a two-day jungle mural and I realized that it was the fourth time I had used some of the animals. Same pose. I had the interesting realisation that I was painting a rendering of my own rendering. I was no longer thinking of an original living creature as my source. I was remembering how to paint it, rather than thinking about how to do it. I could tell it was stylized in a weird way, and that it was anatomically off, but I couldn't really tell what was wrong or how to fix it because I was sourcing my memory of painting the imagery.
When I was a kid, I started with a real enthusiasm for the act of drawing. Once I knew I could draw well, I just kept repeating the same drawing. I drew horses. They became stylized in the same blinded way.
Friday, July 4, 2008
I did keep going with this one, see below, but the "This won't do" was removed from the final version.
" Conscription of Venus", 2005, 14" x 18"
"Armed With Good Intentions", 2005-6, 18" x 16"
The background figures have a Spanish Inquisition look going, flag reads "make it right". The pointy bubble reads "let it be". This was later reworked, de-texted, de-politicized and retitled "Gaiety Portal".
I pulled these up after a conversation over on MW Capacity.
At the time, I couldn't not address these issues, but I had mixed feelings about the work. I did have one piece which was much more of a direct political "statement". I had been working on a 3' x 4' painting, and I scrawled "War is Good" across it. I was frustrated with the complete lack of challenge all around me, the lock step "patriotic" acceptance. I thought, is there anything that will make people stop and question anything about this invasion? I thought surely if someone just bluntly declares "war is good", then you'd get some sort of "no, of course it's not good, but...". I didn't care what came after the 'but', I just wanted to hear "it's not good" in some context.
Unfortunately I chose a poor context for display. It was a salon-hung, all-hung show with the war as the theme. My painting was hung way up high in an unlit corner. You could not read the script. Later, the gallery owner discussed the painting with me, and I was stunned to realise he thought I truly meant the war was good, that this was my message, and that I was sending a counter message to all the work in there that dared such statements as a poster of Cheney with "Fuck You" on it.
It's very hard to make decent, noncomical, politcal art.