Dialogue with Modern Perception

I just finished my first large painting of 2017, “Dialogue with Modern Perception”. I have not finished a work like this in a while and I have a body of new large paintings getting close to completion. I have felt quite successful with the push and pull dynamic of working on both objective work and non-representational simultaneously. As I have worked on both my large paintings, I have also made my drawing series “Studies in Light Dynamics”.  Art making is not a liner process it seems, the impulse and drive to create requires time to percolate, because of this, it is beneficial to work in two alternating modalities. Gerhard Richter seems to me to be a great example of this push and pull of two different ways of working. I feel like many artists get pushed into one mode of working, which makes sense. As an artist becomes successful in a certain style, they now have an audience seeking that from them. Working in both of these modes, I feel has strengthened my process and work.

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Dialogue with Modern Perception | See more large oil paintings.

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Quick Tip!!! Textures with an old tooth brush and some stenciling.

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I never get rid of old tooth brushes. To get the speckled texture on this piece I made a stencil with tracing paper and scrap paper. I traced out the area that I wanted to remove from the paper and cut it out with an xacto. I lined it up and blocked out the rest with scrap paper. Then I used a tooth brush that I dipped in ink and then pressed the bristles of the brush with my thumb to create a small splaying effect.

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Give it a try and do it on a practice piece first.

Don’t use the tooth brush on your teeth ever again.

Study in Light Dynamics (Crystal Drawing) Drawing Tutorial

In this video I walk the viewer through my process of creating a large observational drawing on black paper. I also have a timelapse of the process here.

This Drawing is available on Etsy Here. Or contact me for prints.