I'm back in the studio after being busy moving. I've got a show for these new paintings at Edo Salon and Gallery in September. I think that knowing I was going to be showing these soon and where might have made this painting go up a notch. Not sure, but I am going to be busy this summer making paintings for this show, and I'm very excited about it! I'm making a painting for a he-man themed group show next. I was looking up characters today, and they're pretty ridiculous. It should be a lot of fun.
I've been moving and dealing with all the fun stuff that needs to be done with that, so I haven't been in the studio for over a week, tomorrow I think I'll go back. Adam from Graf Orlock sent me these images of their new album and shirt which uses the portrait I did for them a while back. Adam did a great job of cutting out the ones that had black backgrounds and I love the blue. The idea is that you can put whoever you want in the cross hairs, I think it comes with like a poster of all the people and you and fold it accordingly or something... I haven't gotten any copies yet. Soon though. I think that the shirt is killer too. He did that on his own and I like the black/white/grey color scheme, the drawings look great in there.
I'm still unemployed, but the upside is that I get to paint like crazy! These paintings make me a little uncomfortable because I don't know where I'm going with them, but I'm excited to see what happens.
This one is more of an experiment. I painted it on an old stretched canvas I had laying around, and I was struggling with that. Little different direction, not very successful. I mentioned a painting I was struggling with in my last post, and this was it. Robert Hunt would call this "snake bitten" meaning that it's poisoned and dieing and there's nothing you can do, so you you should just move on. It's hard to just let something go when you've sank a couple days effort into it. I tried my best to save it. I think it does have some nice qualities. I like the grimy look that I associate with the city, and the light in the widows looks good with the toothbrush spray technique. But, overall, not the best.
I spent the last 2-3 days beating my head up against the wall on another painting, and it was getting worse by the minute. Go I just started a new piece and a few hours later this painting came out. Learning more every day. This painting did not scan very well, it looks much better in person. I'm into working on unprimed wood panels right now, but that's the drawback.