"The Discovery" is getting framed soon, then will begin its journey to its new home! As always, special thanks to State of the Arts Gallery!
I love to watch human interaction, and felt so fortunate the day I was able to capture a shot of these two playing with a vibrant yellow fish that was found washed up on Lido Beach. One of the most exciting moments of making a sale is having the opportunity to speak with the buyer. I get to hear their story and found out what intrigues them about my paintings...it triggers a memory for them, or reminds them of someone or something they are familiar with. As a result, it also gives me ideas for the future and inspires me to make more paintings!
This piece is acrylic on canvas, but also has a bit of crackle paste included. It was something different that i tried and loved how it turned out. A valuable lesson (one of many) I learned from my professor in my undergraduate studies was the "power of suggestion." It meant that you didn't have to fulfill the need to describe every single detail in a work of art. A simple gestural mark holds just as much power to convey a convincing figure or object as a million marks made does. I have a passion for incorporating both specific and general forms into a painting. Here are some charcoal studies from about a year ago done on newsprint that are good examples of my approach to "less is more" (left) and the preliminary sketch (right) for "The Discovery" done in graphite.
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