New painting: Polygons (7&8)

It’s been AWHILE since I’ve posted new paintings – I suppose having a couple of kids does that to ya. The kids are bigger now, so I’m finally capable of getting a few minutes in a row to myself. And, I’ve accepted that I need to adapt time-wise, so …watercolors! I’ve been drawing more of these, but this is the first one I’ve completed. 7 & 8 are both blues, but different hues, so the hue for each shape is based on its number of sides. This is a 12″x16″ watercolor on paper.

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Spreadsheet painting (in progress)

…has been surprisingly productive, especially considering all of the stuff that’s been going on! Before I left for SF I started this painting. I needed to draw a grid of dots, so I marked things off with tape. Then the real work began. I had previously printed out pages of random numbers generated in Excel, and punched the numbers out using a hole punch. (Great hand exercise…) I painted concentric circles of color corresponding to each number, and then placed the punched out number in the middle. I did this at random (placement-wise) at first, so I could work out[…]

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Completed: 7000

Two days ago i completed a painting – the first in a long while. I dreamed this up in Greece, the first time I went to Athens. I love how simple this is – I think it’s just a lot “cuter” than any of my other work. And I like thinking that I can convey something like this through my synesthesia. Lately I’m getting the urge to paint again; I like that. I have two more in the works right now…more to come…

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505: Complete (for now)

Like 200, this one is done by virtue of the fact that I’m gone and can’t work on it anymore. Had some issues with the gloss/matte mediums that haven’t been problematic before, which I’m sure is due to using lighter paint colors. So I think I will go back and highlight that when I return, but it’s done for now: The numbers are there, at the bottom…

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200: Complete (mostly)

This one is similar to 641 and 407, but unfortunately the numbers themselves are impossible to see straight on… …but they’re there: When I get back from the summer abroad, I may go back and make some adjustments to bring that out–maybe paint the number in a slightly “off” color or something, then go over it again in the matte finish. Love the texture in this one, though. Very happy with that!

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Photos from Argentina & Uruguay

The two above (and most below) were shot at Recoleta (a cemetary). With the first, I loved how the plants, the living things, were locked in. And the second was shot holding my 100mm lens backwards in front of my camera. Never tried that before but it creates some ethereal artifacts I liked.

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200: in progress

Last night I did the texture; today I did the color. I think it’s clear by now that these are done with latex house paint. Today I had the yellow paint mixed and they could only do a semi-gloss because of the pigments–so when I add the numbers in a matte finish, I’ll also gloss-ify the rest of the color field. Hoping to do one more of these before I leave for London on Thursday, but who knows… I really enjoy these paintings. The paint is mixed directly on the canvas, and the more of this I do the more[…]

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