0350200450: Complete

Numbers cut out and affixed…the third one in this series will be in the works before too long, though my travel schedule has a way of getting in the way of that since these paintings take a lot of time. It’s amazing how putting the numbers on gives me such a tremendous “AHHHHHH” feeling, like everything matches and all is right with the world. Hurray! Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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407: Complete

With the addition of the numbers (again, painted just in a matte finish), this is complete! Like 641, it’s latex and acrylic paint over modeling paste on canvas. These paintings really have to be seen in person to get a real feel for them. Details: Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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407: in progress

It was a busy weekend painting-wise. This will be a companion piece to 641; there could be more to come, too. I’d like to do some that fade off to white instead of black, I think, or that fade from one color to another. And I feel like orange (5) is getting neglected a bit. At any rate, the paint work on this is nearly done, and the numbers are printed and sitting on my floor, ready to serve as templates for the matte finish… Details: Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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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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