I am at Gallery Underground for this afternoon. I’m in the process of thinking about my 3rd large work for my solo show in December. I’ll be starting a painting of the Key Bridge. The Francis Scott Key Bridge which runs over the Potomac from Rosslyn Virginia to Georgetown. I’d like to make it look like a Daguerreotype with rips and a full color painting underneath. While at the gallery I’ll transfer the image onto the panel but go no further. I don’t want to get committed to how it looks quite yet I just want to get the ball rolling.
I have not finished the Data Collector yet I think I’ll work on that tomorrow and next week. We’ll see
In April I’ll be expanding my indirect painting technique. One of the first paintings I’ll be working on are these tulips. I am intrigued by the glass vase and the ability to see the roots growing in the water. I know forcing Tulips to grow is nothing new but I think it will have a contemporary feel.
So the next step is to wait for direct light which usually comes later in the day at the townhouse. I’ll setup the still life in the front window and when the light is hitting the flowers directly I’ll pull out the tripod and digital camera and try and capture the back lighting with the sun coming through the flowers.
I had a hard time knowing when to leave it alone.
I still reminds me of when I was young and we would go and play on the neighbors dock when no one was home. My brother, cousins and I would play on the diving board and dive through inner tubes and pass many an hour.
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On Friday I was reminded that there was a preview exhibit of all the solo artist for the 2016 season at the Art League Gallery. I wanted to have a new piece that had not been shown before so I started “Road Trip” which I am makings especially for the show and one of the first pieces in my new body of work for my December 2016 show.
For the preview exhibition I wanted a larger piece that would represent what I wanted the show to be about. “THAT WHICH WAS ONCE WHOLE”
This is the first layer of my latest monochromatic painting called “Diving Board”. The boy on the board is not me but he reminds me of my youth and summers in Upstate NY.
The camp next to my grandparents had a dock with a diving board and we would go over there when no one was around and play on their dock and then swim back to our dock.
My plan is to add a second layer of glazes with colors similar to those found in daguerreotypes. I am going to make the areas around the diver look older and more deteriorated then the middle by glazing ochers and blue blacks over the under painting and then scraping splashing and use solvent to make the textures on the rest of the painting. I am also considering using a trompe l’oeil effect on the diver by giving the illusion of the photo being taped over the top of the painting.