641: Complete

The number is painted simply in a matte finish, so it floats into and out of the surrounding color as the viewer (and the lights) move around it. Photographing it was quite a challenge! I should try again with a polarized filter. This piece is 40″x30″ and is latex paint and acrylic mediums over modeling paste. And, this number is my work phone extension. I never ever use it, but it’s staring back at me from my phone anytime I’m in the office. And a couple of details: Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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0350200450: in progress

It’s coming along…the paint is not quite complete, and then I’ll need to add the numbers, but it’s finally getting to a point where it begins to captures the essence of the number’s color. This style is really challenging for me, because it requires so many layers of paint, and as the paint is built up, the top color always seems so much more prominent than it should be (or will be at the end). It’s a leap of faith to know I’ll find my way to the right order and combination…then again, it’s that much more interesting when it[…]

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641: in progress

This has been drying all afternoon, standing on its side in front of my TV. With latex paint it’s very important to let thick layers cure before doing anything on top of them, and anything with texture like this is just going to have thick paint, period, as it settles into the nooks and crannies. I started by making a texture with modeling paste and a variety of tools (this is just a detail of the whole thing): Then, painted it red–right down to the aforementioned nooks and crannies. I knew I’d miss spots on the next coat so had[…]

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4970006670: Complete

Finally finished cutting out the numbers and affixed them last night. There are two more in this series coming. Actually last night I also started a small study for a large piece I’m about to do in a different series–feeling very creative these days. Also, sidenote: the numbers on the sides are cropped in the painting, not just in the photo. I’m starting to change my painting composition a bit. And a couple of detail shots, just for fun: Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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4970006670: painting the numbers

I finally came up with a new technique for representing the numbers. For awhile I’ve wanted to put numbers on top of the textures I’m painting; but the numbers really need to be flat, and therefore rigid; in addition, it needs to be doable in a timeframe that will not send me to crazytown. Anyway, after considering a plethora of foams and plastics and combinations thereof, it finally occurred to me: balsa wood.

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4970006670: in progress

I haven’t done much painting lately, but a trip to the Seattle Museum of Art and a look at a Jackson Pollock inspired me. Somewhere along the way I realized that I wanted to do a really gestural painting with a lot of thin white lines. The number 4970006670 came to mind in the middle of the night. At this point, I’m done with the paint except for the numbers. Those, along with better photos, will come soon…

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256: work in progress

At Christmas last year, my gift to my brother Adam was that I’d do a painting of any number he wanted. Since he’s a nerdy (read: fascinating and cool) guy, I thought that might appeal. After several months he settled on a pretty nerdy number indeed: 256. After several more months, I’m finally working on the piece: I’m not sure if this is done yet. I have to live with it for a bit to figure that out. Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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7440: first phase

Making a list of stuff I can do to feel better the other day, I realized that it makes me feel very good to think about the number 7440. I find it very soothing. It’s so smooth…and the color is beautiful, blue, both bright and subdued at the same time. With inner motion but outer stillness. So I’m painting it. I think this will be the first of potentially several paintings of this number. This is just phase 1. I intend to fill the numbers in with white and do a heavy layer of gloss gel over it. Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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