And because there will be no mirror in Ghosts, I'm putting a LOT into the Hollywood Beach canvas. Inspired by one of my favorite Chicago hot spots, and the incredibly fantastic mirror mural (Come to Light, lead artist: Andy Bellow) at that beach, this has been a delight to work on! I decided to put the name of this painting in the canvas itself as sparkles on water... (for those versed in Morse code and poetry). Yay for a day of breaking mirror! Check back for updates as I finish this piece over the next few weeks!
Sometimes, if you are really lucky, you are gifted a monster canvas, a canvas of a size that is beyond what you are willing to spend but maybe once every two years. You know the artist who has already left their mark upon it, but you are told to "paint over it, cut it up, do whatever, or throw it out"... And there is a bit of wariness and guilt in painting over another's work, but it's a FREE. MONSTER. CANVAS. ...and for whatever reason that somehow gives you the freedom to paint what you've always wanted but never had the courage before. And the more you prime it, the greater the feeling that someday it will be in a museum with a note that says, "some obscure long-forgotten artist painted over it, but if you look past that in this x-ray, you'll see Young Woman on a Yellow-Striped Couch, a masterful representation of minimalistic portraiture of the mid-twentieth century..." But this only serves your growing excitement that you get to paint WHATEVER you want, and you know that with this canvas, you are going to break from your traditional style and just play...
Beyond the grand dragon, my political art has me working on a series of cityscapes representing those municipalities offering a measure of hope. Here are two of three that are finished; three more, representing Seattle, Cincinnati, and San Francisco are in process. If you know a declared city that I should consider as a part of this series, let me know!
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"…Every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all…
my head is bursting."
-- Claude Monet