I got a coat of gesso on several different sized pine blocks in preparation for a new batch of paintings. I've been working much smaller lately and have enjoyed how that has helped me be much more productive with my limited free time. I've also really liked working on the pine blocks. They are dirt cheap and wood is a great substrate for mixed media. I often use a lot of modeling paste and build up surfaces by collaging different materials into the painting. Recently, I picked up a wood burning tool as well. I love the way the burnt lines look and smell!
I'm excited to dive in a get started this weekend!
I've been battling some unknown viral nastiness for the better part of three weeks now. And while I'm am very eager to get started on some new paintings, I simply haven't had the energy. So while I've been hanging out on the couch trying to rest, I've also been noodling around on some more ACEO's (Artist Cards, Editions & Originals). These cards all began as gelatin monotypes. Some of them were intentionally printed as small images, and others were cropped down from larger prints. All of them, however, have received additional treatment with colored pencils to emphasize details and enhance colors. Like all my pieces, these miniature artworks are based on scripture. This particular batch includes of cards are inspired by Romans 1:20, Romans 15:13, and Psalm 139:14. All of my ACEO's are available to purchase for just $5. For more information on Artist Cards, check out my ACEO page.
Here is my submission for #ThrowbackThursday. It is my very first nonobjective painting from WAY BACK in '94. (I do not feel old enough to have artwork that is 20 years old!) This was the first painting I did as a Freshman at the University of Kansas, and it was a surprisingly revolutionary painting for me. Not because I think it is a terribly successful painting, but because it represented a radical change in direction for me. All through my high school years I was Mr. Realism, and I had convinced myself that I wanted to go on to a career of mind-blowing photorealism! Anyone remotely familiar with my work will easily see the irony in that adolescent aspiration. This painting opened my eyes to a style of painting I had previously looked down upon in naive arrogance. As I painted this, I discovered it was incredibly liberating to not be bound by any pictorial constraints or rules of logic and reason. I was free to simply "push paint" and enjoy the ride. While my work has continued to change and evolve over the years, as any artist's work should, this painting opened my eyes to a looseness of style I have not since departed. This 40"x50" painting, entitled "Spontaneosity," and affectionately dubbed "Big Blue" by my wife, has hung in my classroom for the past decade. It has served me well as a visual aid for the above mentioned lesson. Don't get stuck in your ways too early, you might not have yet discovered the type of art you were born to make!
Contemporary christian artist creating artwork inspired by faith in Jesus Christ and a belief in the Bible.