When 2009 started I had a clear vision; to create art, have a large body of work before year’s end and have fun doing it.
Now that it is the last day of the year, I look around my studio and see that it is packed with paintings and drawings. I feel very good about the past 12 months, I’ve had a blast in the studio, met so many new friends, and learned so much. I can only hope that 2010 will be just as interesting!
My first paintings of 2009 expressed my fascination with monochromatic and extreme contrasting color. That series of 12″ x 12″ portraits were exhibited at the APW’s Gallery World of Imagination Vol. 2. show.
In early spring I began using skateboard decks as my canvas and explored value. The finished result exhibited at APW’s Gallery Art on Record show Vol. 2.
Not too long after that I found myself painting a series of portraits on vinyl LPs.
While painting ‘GaGa’ I filmed my very first time lapse video.
I then started to work on larger canvases.
My interest in extreme contrast returned as I worked on my largest canvas size to date; the first of the series; ‘PRIMARY CONTRAST’.
Next came a mixture of large scale portraits.
Spring had arrived, the air was fresh and my energy still had not reached it’s peak yet. A lot of this excess energy was poured into abstracts and portraits.
The camera watched while ‘APPROACH’ took shape:
After having worked on a increasingly large scale I felt the need to turn in the opposite direction and started smaller versions of some of my favorite portraits, the remaining of which I plan to finish in 2010.
Continuing the series ‘PRIMARY CONTRAST’, I started the paintings SNEERIN’ and SMILIN’, both of which will be completed in 2010.
as Halloween approached and Fall began it’s slow hold on the weather, my subjects varied:
By this time the many late nights of work combined with a haphazard sleeping pattern began to catch up with me. I suddenly felt drained of all energy and new ideas. My creative work pretty much stopped as I took some time to rest, recuperate and refresh my imagination.
Time passed and in mid November as I was perusing Twitter, I found the #Draw365 project. A group of artists creating and sharing a drawing almost everyday, totaling 365 drawings.
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I started with much fervor, participating everyday. My painting work almost ceased during the early days of this project. The drawings were a refreshing exercise to work with, but I missed the easel. Then came the struggle to try and manage painting and drawing together without feeling regimented or stifled. I’ve reached a better balance now but I am still working on it.
This period left me with a number of assorted pieces.
2009, what a full year it has been.
Acrylic paint has been my primary medium in 2009. My understanding of it has increased and I feel very comfortable using it. Next year I will continue to use acrylic while moving into oil paints and other unknown areas.
Graphite and charcoal have emerged as a secondary medium that I enjoy throughly and will continue with.
2010 looks very interesting on all fronts. Looking forward to it!
Happy New Year everyone!