Monday, September 24, 2012

New L Tracks Paintings

This past week, I started a new series of paintings - abstracted images based on photos I shot of the L tracks. The two below were created from photos and sketches I made of the Brown Line near my studio.

Underneath the L Tracks, oil and acrylic on panel, 18x24, 2012

Transformers, oil and acrylic on panel, 18x24, 2012

After working on a very detailed skyline commission painting the last couple months, I attempted to loosen up and to create something more abstract but still recognizable. I used oil bars and acrylic on panel so the media is also somewhat of an experiment. Just changing to using oil bars gave me a more direct interaction with the image through drawing, smearing and mixing the colors with my fingers.

When placed next to each other, the wires and sharp angled lines move your eye around each painting and back-and-forth between each painting. By keeping it loose and exaggerating the shapes, I was able to give these paintings a sense of movement.

These two pieces have given me a new jumping off point both in media and subject matter. More city abstracts to come...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Chicago Ave. L Stop Photo at South Loop Acupuncture

Chicago Ave L Stop, digitally enhanced photograph, 2006

My photograph, Chicago Ave. L Stop, is now up as part of a show at South Loop Acupuncture. It was selected through my representation by Chicago Art Leasing. The image is part of my colored cityscapes series.

The Chicago Ave. L Stop on the Brown Line is one of my favorite stops. Located in River North, it's near the gallery district and a block away from where I worked my first job in the city.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Chicago Lakefront Skyline - finished commission painting

Chicago Lakefront Skyline, acrylic on panel, 30x60, 2012

I took me two months, but the Chicago Lakefront Skyline commission painting is finished! This was a very fun and challenging project where I pushed myself creatively and physically.

I went on many long bike rides along the lakefront to take reference photos and also created images using Google Earth to get some of the views to create the composition. I even went to a professional sailboat race at Navy Pier for inspiration. Many days, I painted for 6 hours straight only taking bathroom breaks or to eat. And this was during the hottest summer ever in Chicago in a studio with no air conditioning! 

I'll have the painting on view in my Studio #201 at the Cornelia Arts Building Fall Open Studios.

October 5, 2012
6 - 10pm
1800 W. Cornelia, Studio #201
Chicago, IL 60657

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Inspiration from Northern Michigan

We visited Glen Arbor, MI and the Sleeping Bear Dunes with my wife's family over the long Labor Day weekend. Staying in a house in the woods about 4 miles outside of town was relaxing, active, busy, and rejuvenating all at once.

This is the house we stayed in:

There were bike rides through hilly towns and bike paths, kayaking along the Crystal River, boating and tubing on Glen Arbor lake, and being the only people swimming at a secluded Lake Michigan beach.

What stuck with me was being surrounded by beautiful nature created after the last ice age was inspiring. It felt good to be out of the city and in a new place to think and clear the head.

I even had some time to create some sketches.

Looking forward to see how the new inspiration influences my art.