Sunday, January 27, 2013

Kamera - new painting in progress

I've been working on a new series of paintings where I combine multiple images in a single painting by diving up the canvas or panel. It's given me some creative freedom due to the unlimited combinations of images. The one I worked on today is below. It's oil on panel, 24x30.

I started off with a photo:

Then a sketch (adding in some film strips on the sides):

Then transferred that composition to panel using oil paint:

And here's a close-up view:

It's not quite done, so more to come...

Friday, January 25, 2013

New website launched!

I launched a newly redesigned website this past week. It was something I worked on for about the last 3 months, choosing to use Wordpress to develop it. I aimed to make it cleaner and well organized with a focus being on the art. More galleries have been added along with many new images. I also added stories for each section to give people a better idea of my process or inspiration being a series of work.

Check it out and feel free to contact me with any feedback.

Hotel Du Nord (Paris), photograph, 2009

Friday, January 11, 2013

Story Panels - works in progress

These two paintings below (oil on canvas) are works in progress. Using oil paint is new for me and the format is also an experiment. For a long time, I've been trying to figure out how to combine my various media and subject matter in one piece. So instead of creating a full composition that combines all of those, I decided to divide up the canvas into multiple "panels/sections" to create a story or theme. By combining cityscapes and water tanks with abstracts, aerial landscapes, or figures, I can connect different series of work more closely. What I also like about this concept is that each painting is really three paintings in one.

Story Panels (works in progress), Oil on canvas, 24x30

I was inspired to create these story panels after seeing the Deborah Kass exhibit at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh recently. Artist David Salle does a great job of creating paintings by breaking up the canvas in different sections to tell a story. My experience creating "exquisite corpse" pieces during a group drawing exercise also helped create some ideas for this series. I'd like to work toward making some pieces that are much larger and on wood panels. With panels, I could add collage and screen print images to develop mixed media pieces that further combines my media and subject matter.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

First Painting of 2013: Dusk at Kinzie and Peoria

Dusk at Kinzie and Peoria, oil on panel, 24x25, 2013
This is my first completed painting of 2013. It's based on a photograph I took walking around all day last fall. I was the only one on the street - no cars, no people. I tried to convey that sense of solitude in the painting. I used oil paint only for the first time ever (usually I use acrylic). I really liked how it glided across the panel (a discarded wood door). Definitely going to keep working with oils. Mounted with hooks and wire on the back, it's ready for hanging.