Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 2016

   I felt it was time for another post. It has been a while since I have written here, but I have kept up with making art, which I am happy to share.

Red Umbrella
   This is my most recently completed image. Earlier this month it was raining nonstop. I actually got caught out in it and got very soaked. I think the rain may have been influencing how I have been working. I completed two sketches before I set out to paint this image, and neither one had the umbrella.

     I had something else in mind when I began sketching these ideas out. This painting and the one that I am currently working on (I'll post that one further down) are going to be submitted for exhibition at a show here in Louisiana. My original idea involved the above figure in a swamp outside of a shotgun shanty house. I may still end up doing that, but with all the rain and the gloomy weather I just wasn't interested in completing this idea. In addition, the painting completed right before I began these two sketches was headed in that direction.

The painting that started my thoughts.
Currently untitled.

    You can kind of see these ideas in this image. The shotgun house is not really visible, and this is obviously not a swamp, but some of those elements are present. I may come back to these later. I do really like the rainy umbrella image. I also like the narrowed picture plane. I definitely think I will keep working with that, but the image I am currently working on has a different subject.

Current painting I am working on

   The picture plane has yet to be fully realized, and I'm not sure what I will do with the background, but I like how this image is developing. Hopefully, it and the Red Umbrella will get selected for exhibition. The deadline for submissions is June 1, so I need to finish this one up.