So trying something new here. Funny thing. A few days I go to grab a canvas and uhhhhhh, there is no more. At ine point I had like 200 of them where did they all go???? Oh ya I painted on all of them. I did not feel like ordering any so I said what if I tried these in wood. So I cut some 4 by 12 prototypes on the table saw and you know what they look pretty darn good. When painting with wood I can use a new player in the game. SANDPAPER. I use the sandpaper to desaturate color by pulling up the bottom layer up t the surface. So yes, I am painting with sand paper. Something that is hard to do with canvas because you can sand right through the canvas…..ooopps.
So, the second half of this project is on another wall. So one wall has like 183 paintings and the other wall will have the rest. So far the new wall, the second half is very different than the first. The paintings are getting more personal. Looking back at them it becomes clear they are shaped directly by experiences.
Well first of I think this is a scene that pretty much everybody in the modern world can relate to. I think it is a scene that we all can relate to. It is a scene that creates moods for me and invokes memories. The memories I get from this is being a child and falling asleep in the car on the way home from my aunts house. It was so nice to be little and fall asleep in the car and wake up in your bed the next morning. I still remember that, my mom would carry me in and put me to sleep without me even waking up. I wish I could still have that happen today. Fall asleep at a movie and wake up the next day in bed.
This painting did not take me long but sme of my best paintings have only taken minutes. Then again some of my best paintings have taken months. What I am saying is time is not a factor. When you get it you get. If it takes 3 months or thirty minutes it does not matter or make it any better.
Well I had photographed all of my new ones but I left my camera at the studio. Well I hope it’s at the studio……Fast forward 20 minutes later after I road my bike to the studio and back in the rain and found my camera on the chair…..Paint fumes and lack of sleep.
Well here they are
The paintings are mostly inspired by a book that my friend Tom brought by the studio. The book is called traveling by train. Inside it is beautiful painted advertisements for the railroad. He showed me the book and I was like in love with it. I have been using this book as reference. In he big one”California Beaches ” I used sand paper on the finishing steps to make the painting looked aged s it would if was painted fifty years ago. I just love the bright colors of these advertisement. They are so bright and inviting.
I have been working out t the gym 3 days a week so by the time i get to the studio it 9:00PM. I ran for an hour on the treadmill today. I love it. I just throw on Seinfeld or that 70’s show and start running. TV shows seem to be really interesting when you are running. I think you get that runners high and it makes things more enjoyable. Ok I am blabbing…well it is my blog I can blab right? Where was I going with this? Oh well when I get back to the studio after working out I paint differently. I am not anxious. Also I used to stare at my paintings and think about what I was going to do for hours. Now I get to the studio so late in the night that there is no dead time. I paint and I don’t think about making mistakes, I just move. If I didn’t I would never get to bed.
I like to make these paintings that look like old time photographs. This is done by mixing browns and blues and whites. If you were to use just black and white you would not get the tonal range this painting has. I made these paintings big so you can see the tones better.
NaNoWrimo is a noval writing marathon that happens each November. It is a challenge to write a whole Novel in one month.
I pulled this paragraph from the site.
“Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.”
It so applies to my project.