It's been a while since I posted. This painting has been on my easel for several weeks. I've been experimenting with color more. This a product of those experiments. From a middle school dance my daughter attended. Girls gathering under parking lot street lights, waiting to go into the school. The lights had an unnatural cast to it and produced long, strange shadows.
Two of four here. I worked with a great colorist at a 4 days workshop. His montra is to "push, push that color", so this piece is the result of that process. Once again, these will be available at The Art Emporium in Charleston next week. There's only four, so first come, first served.
This painting is a different style than I've used in the past. A more simple approach. I didn't want to get caught up in the representation visuals. I wanted to concentrate on using the composition and color to support my idea. This piece came to me as I was leaving downtown Charleston, WV one night. A once thriving city is a times empty. Businesses and the arts have suffered.I have a lone figure standing in the middle of the barren street pointing to the center of town where the heart of the city used to beat. The facades of the buildings look bright with color and light, but they are dying also. I enjoyed infusing this piece with layers of color. A fun painting to work on.
Back from my long slumber. Here is a piece completed recently. This is the first of a series I'll be painting that are much larger than I've done before. 36" x 48".
I've been thinking about that moment when you're coming out of sleep, but are not yet awake. If someone was observing you, they wouldn't notice the difference. It's as if your face is a mask that your subconscious is using as it tries to rejoin reality. Well, anyway, that's the concept behind this piece.