March 31, 2015

Long Awaited Messenger


This painting started out as a directionless doodle I began around Christmas time.  I didn't have a clear goal where I wanted to take it and, as a consequence, it's development wandered all over the place.  Without a clear goal in mind, it was maddening to work on. I had no real sense of how close I was to finishing it, or even what 'finished' would look like. 

I continued to pile on detail after detail, until I arrived at the state describe in the saying (and I don't know where this comes from) that 'a painting is never finished, only abandoned.'

I have several groups of friends I sometimes bounce paintings off for feedback.  A work friend from one of them, Geoff Shupe, who is really good at environments, pointed out that the painting appeared to be created by two artists, one who works in a more abstract style for the buildings in the background and background elements, and the other who works in a more rendered style on the large bird and other foreground elements. 
I believe this is another result of me doodling along without a clear goal in mind.  While working on the background, I found myself inspired by artists I admire who work in a more abstract way, but when I arrived at the foreground elements (several months later), I unconsciously switched to a more personal style just to finish it quick after being tired of scribbling on it for so long.

I could probably fix it, but it would take more time than I consider to be worth it, and, to be honest, I just want to be done with it!  So, I'm just going to post it, and hopefully you can gain some wisdom from my experience: 

It's much easier to create a successful painting when it's well planned from the start!

March 24, 2015

Some Days . . .


Some days . . .
Is GOOD.

Some days . . .
Is BAD.

Some days . . .
You must fight Man with Bull on Chest.

March 9, 2015