Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Studio Work, Winter 2011

This winter I decided to make a body of work using the visual vocabulary of the horse that I have acquired over the years in a fashion that would take me out of my usual habits and pursue a few ideas about process that I haven't had a chance while doing the 'plein air' thing.
Working towards a group show at Emerald Downs this summer I have found it a challenge to contain the size of my efforts to the allowable largest size in the show permitted of 48". 
I have discovered roller brushes and acrylic latex which has enabled to get me out of the habit of muscle memory.  I only wish I had more space.  Perhaps 100' long walls.  Wouldn't it be a gas to splash colorful horses all over?!
It's unfortunate that the process I'm using isn't more handy and I could use it 'en plein air'.  Maybe that is what I will try next?
This piece is 30x40,  I use Greek names to elevate the poetic substance of the piece.  It helps me to think of the horse out of my conventional context.  I used acrylic latex over a previous oil painting with heavy body.  There are some cool impasto layers that imprinted on the roller bushes and made tracks across the surface of the canvas.
  I later exploited this element and made stencils.  Truley establishing the vocabulary of images into a lexicon of visual vocabulary.  I actually have a box of stencils I can bring out anytime they fit.  I'm thinking stamps might be cool but the roller has done well as a stencil tool.

Jazzed, I used the roller directly and ran out of room on a 30x40 canvas so I got out a 18' roll of canvas but my wall was too short and I could only use 14'.  Guess I better find a bigger wall!

Unfortunately taking a photo of a large canvas in my cramped studio doesn't make for a very good representation.  Sorry.  I don't quite know where I will go with this piece and I wish I had spent some time doing an underpainting so maybe this one will go away and that will happen but it sure was fun!


Blogger tim mc guire said...

Very cool art, love the colors.

10:43 AM  

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