Sunday, February 20, 2005
I am a designer by trade. I employ my efforts day by day manipulating colors, images, copy, shapes, and lines to create an ongoing relationship with consumers. I believe what I do is create visual stories slices of life that define and enhance a brands presence in the mind of an individual not a massive audience. Though my client’s like to look at the big picture a broad brushstroke of people and what may entice the majority of them to make a purchase decision. I do my best work if I remember that I am speaking to an individual. You place yourself in the character of a brand and you imagine your having a conversation with another person. That is a little simplistic but it gets to the heart of my point of view when I create original artwork.
I’m very interested in communicating with the casual observer of my artwork. No matter how long they may engage with my art I would like for them to walk away with a new thought or memorable experience. Of course this means that there has to be something meaningful and memorable about the painting that sparks the observer’s interest which is always a difficult proposition. My best bet is to make the painting visually interesting first and then create a story. My most recent paintings concentrate on creating a visual interest and less on establishing a deeper meaning. I have a long way to go before my painting style is unique and differentiating mostly at this point I would be happy if someone is able to pick up the intended ambiance.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with technique in addition to subject matter to create this ambiance. I really enjoy using paint as a sculpting tool to give the effects of a relief sculpture. When the paint lifts off the canvas it creates a texture that reacts to different lighting situations by providing many shadow and color transitions and helps the painting come to life. Also just having a painting that interacts with space as well as light creates something a little more tangible than just a two dimensional piece of art capturing a moment in time. Now you have a solidified three-dimensional work of art that acts like a sculpture but has the color, composition and visual attraction of a painting.
I’m really jazzed by the ambiance that ocean and costal subjects can create. I know this is not an original subject but it has been giving me inspiration to paint. I have been trying to put my own personal spin on these subjects and that’s where Jonah’s Last Look came from. It’s just not productive for me to create artwork for beauty’s sake I would get board really fast so I have to add some sort of twist that will hold my attention long enough to finish a painting.
Moving forward I would like to push further the development of a unique original style. I think it is really important to look fresh and have a style that is attractive yet one of a kind. Some artist who have been influencing how I paint are "Vincent van Gogh" for his strong lyrical paintings and linear techniques, "Paul Gauguin" for his island venues and finally "Murray Tinkelman" for his total obsession with his line work.
Well I think this is enough rambling for now later I want to capture how the current design trend of inspired simplicity affects how I approach my current work. This weekend I will be working on a new seascape and with luck I will be posting it here relatively soon.
Monday, February 14, 2005
My Sister's Pond
When I first started painting the sketch I was trying to capture a realistic interpretation of the scene. But sense I'm not much of a realistic painter I found myself getting frustrated with trying to paint this way. The painting took less then three hours to paint but most of the look and feel was created in last twenty minutes when I finally got fed up with myself trying to be a realist and started adding allot of loose expressive brushstrokes. Though there is not allot of real craftsmanship to the painting I do like how the color turned out. Even with all the frustration it was still one of the most fun times I've had painting.
Friday, February 11, 2005
Sunday, February 06, 2005
Looking at the painting it purposely lacks any strong central subject matter that leaves the viewer with a sense of emptiness and kind of thinking "so what". But consider the title and you'll have much more to think about.