I’m really bad at…

making art when I’m working full time or low on funds. During such periods my sketchbooks get some love but that’s about it. For the last couple of months I tried out an evaluation period of working for a local construction company. The original idea was to be doing almost anything but residential painting. As it turned out they had a lot of pigment application to catch up on and I became their guy to handle those duties. 

I’ve since realized that if I’m going to be painting so much anyway, I might as well get Fresh Paint Job going again and work for myself…like the old days. Now that my schedule is a bit more under my control, some time has opened up to consider new work. Above is a little start that was fun to begin with graphite and then follow up with permapaque marker and acrylic paint. 

I’m not sure what’s coming up next, but am excited to start building some new surfaces today in efforts to procure a new series. 

Ideas spurred by some new drawings…

I rolled out some paper and taped it up on the wall to have a freestyle session. 

My initial thoughts were to draw a representation of a Little Flapper painting. Then I started visualizing the paper as being a gallery with the painting hanging in the space. After that progression and thinking about making a viewer to be in the space, my thoughts turned to Instagram and its many viewers around the world. I could talk more about the possibilities that I am mulling over now, but in the mean time I’ve already started another one of these drawings which will show more wall space of my future solo exhibition. 

About the LF series…

As mentioned in earlier posts, the “Little Flapper” series is inspired by the flappers of the early 1900’s who presented a thoroughly modern and carefree style at the time. The zoot suit was popular among the fellows as it broke the rules of form, fit, and patterning. These same ideas, which are apparent in my paintings, enable another level of mechanical aesthetics. What I mean by this is that if it makes it easier to visualize the canvas as a painting’s “suit”, then the exaggerated lapels are manifest in the flapper corners which are unmistakably dynamic. 

Another facet of curiosity about canvas presentation was seen in a book of Basquiat’s paintings while attending CCAD in the mid 1990’s. His ambivalent non-square and ruffly finished works to this day are totally mesmerizing to me. That facet of his work is what inspired my original attempts at purposefully questioning the idea of a painting as a cleanly shaped and framed square.  Some people might be more influenced by his imagery, but I see shapes and colors and energy.

This fascination of breaking the rules about an in the box aesthetic as the norm continues to make me investigate and question what is truly visually exciting. For myself as a creator I can’t help but experiment with some restraint, as this idea could be pushed to the extent of non tangibility. Perhaps this is just a phase, as I suppose all investigations on an individual basis usually are. In the least by allowing myself to experiment with a process of intrigue I hope to navigate a path which is challenging and wholesome in the pursuit. 

As far as my personal “imagery” goes, that is another can of worms. Around 2012 I set a goal to use as little tangible imagery as possible, while eliminating words and type all together. In place of imagery I wanted to try and use color, shape, and space. While properly inspired by Clyfford Still to seek the vertical, this formal design is still in use up to my current projects. I must admit that the mark making of Abstract Expressionists continues to elicit a response when I’m engaged in the process of painting. It is also of note that I’m not totally deterring or eliminating words and images as they continue to make appearances from time to time.

If you add that all up it looks like a strange brew, but that’s how I roll and that’s how it’s always been. If you know me, then you know.  Like flipping your middle finger and turning your hand around the wrong way to make an ugly and weird ass bird.  Why would anybody ever do that? I don’t know exactly but it’s part of the same reason these new paintings have flaps. 

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