Monday, February 29, 2016

Thoughts on my capital

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.

Ode To A Dying City

24" x 36" Oil on canvas

Sunday, February 28, 2016

New Large Painting

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.

Dream Mask

48" x 36" Oil on canvas