Friday, October 31, 2008
This is a new feature for the blog with the goal to post a new photo every Friday. This is the first post. I'll feature subjects that I usually shoot, but I'd also like to experiment and keep it a little loose with some unexpected images.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I took a 5-week screen-printing workshop at the Lill Street Art Center where I made this piece. It combines a photograph of the El train and one of the Marina Towers. I first painted the paper with acrylic using abstract shapes to echo the shapes of the buildings and train. I then transferred the photo images over the background using several screen-printing techniques.
I started creating these experimental paintings after my first screen-printing workshop in September. The class really got my ideas going...I started with a make-shift stencil that I made using cardboard. I painted onto the stencil then pressed the image of the watertank onto the surface -- repeating a few times using different colors. The layers built up and I'm in the process of adding more colors and textures.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
My fall exhibitions are over and so now back to work. I started creating a new series of paintings.
The Great Lakes contain about 21% of the world's surface freshwater -- in a world with rising water shortages. These new paintings are motivated by my environmental interests -- specifically the role the Great Lakes play in the region and how they'll factor into our future.
In this series, I'm taking my "city by the lake" paintings down to a basic, abstract level. I'm using aerial maps as my inspiration. I went to Google Maps, zoomed in on the Chicago region and printed the regular map view so I could reference the shapes of Lake Michigan and the surrounding states. The painting above is a close up view and the one below is a further out view of the regional area.
I haven't done any true abstracts recently and it's always a great way to experiment. It's fun to throw on some tunes, mix some paint, and let the music create the energy of the brushstrokes. These are still a work in progress -- I'm looking to add more textures and layers and some boundary outlines.