Thursday, March 05, 2009
This is the initial under painting for Mt. Sinai. The under painting is like a skeleton structure that is developed before I begin to apply my thick impasto layers. Sometimes the under painting can be just as interesting as the final painting itself. It usually has fresh crisp line work and a rich pure color scheme, as I build up layers to complete the final painting it's hard to preserve the vivid originality of the sketch. In this case I like the deep colors and hard contrasting lines I've laid down and am hoping as I build up paint layers those colors hold true and the painting doesn't look too over worked.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
In stark contrast to the placid seascape of my last painting Mt Sinai will be filled with stormy color and physical disturbance not unlike what i started to achieve in the Tower Of Babel painting. I want to improve on the stylistic contrasting colors and loose automatic line work. I really like the concept of what the biblical Mt Sinai stood for. The idea of a place where God makes his physical presence known to man, a place filled with turmoil and disruption from the energy that is spontaneously emitted as the super natural comes into contact with the natural. It's not my intention to make a painting about deep themes or metaphor or be overly representative. My true objective is to continue to develop an artistic technique and progress a design aesthetic. That being said I can't help but think that recent political issues haven't directed my style and subject matter. Unilateralism, Isolationism, the promotion of torture, warmongering, self righteous political dogma, the restriction of freedom and all with the backing of the Christian church has contributed heavily to how my art is expressed.