Exciting news! I’ve been waiting to announce the news. It’s daring and thrilling. Something that I always dreamt of doing and being part of. Before I tell you, here are two new paintings from my new abstraction series that I am calling Inside Out.
What’s the news? Can you guess?
These new paintings take a lot of planning. They are macro images from my photographs. I spend late nights reworking the photos before I paint. I am using luxury brand house paints, and high quality art acrylics, and spray paints, and old leaf, and this is a run on sentence but I’m just so excited to tell you my big news.
My big news, I signed an exclusive agreement with Singulart 100% of my production will be sold on their platform. They are my sole agent. Here is the link to my page Singulart.
While working on graphic design for my Nada yoga classes I discovered a new vision. It happened because I was enjoying myself and experimenting. This mind frame of play is what we need more of. From it comes good things like these new paintings. Check them out on Singulart.
I feel like Van Gogh when he discovered the Simultaneous Contrast of Colours, the theory that was invented by Eugene Chevreul.
Yesterday I prepared four new oil paintings of the Southwest. The underpaintings look like watercolors. They are watery, almost drippy. The spots on the floor are proof.
I tend to paint high contrast. See the painting on the shelf, on the right? It’s unfinished. I need to add highlights and details. But it is high contrast.
While studying sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, one of my professers — the infamous Art Benson— suggested I photograph my sculptures and contemplate the next step. The photograph removed me from the slapdash creative moment.
It was good advice. At the time I didn’t follow much advice.
As I look at the paintings here, on my blog, I see how to proceed in a new way. Less overall contrast could give a dreamy quality, almost illustrative.
I wonder if I am capable of painting with lest contrast. Hmm.
As the planet spins off axis in a flurry of bad news I’ve decided to tackle the subject of color.
I wanted to write about Eugéne Chevreul’s influence on the French Impressionists for my Masters in painting. But I never got a M.A. Oh, the shame. But who the hell wants to contract twenty thousands bucks in loans to get a M.A. in painting? Not me. At the time I lived in the U.S.A. and I didn’t know the Eurpoean universities were basically free.
Color in artworks has changed drastically since paeleolithic France. Back then some dude burnt a stick in a fire and drew a horse on the wall of a cave. Dude then colored it in with different colored rocks, kind of like drawing on a chalk board. Amazingly, artists still use charcoal to draw on paper. Others draw on subterranean walls, like Parisian catacombs, but with spray paints.
There are more than 180 paleolithic decorated caves in France. That’s seriously old. France has been through a few wars since then. Even a revolution. I guess there is a reason the government took all the guns away from a bellicose population and now spends money on advancing knowledge in science and the arts.
One of the most important scientists in French history is the chemist Michel-Eugène Chevreul. From the photos of him, let’s say bad hair day didn’t matter.
De la loi du contraste simultané des couleurs et de l’assortiment des objets colorés considéré d’après cette loi dans ses rapports avec la peinture, les tapisseries des Gobelins, les tapisseries de Beauvais, pour meubles, les tapis, la mosaïque, les vitraux colorés, l’impression des étoffes, l’imprimerie, l’enluminure, la décoration des édifices, l’habillement et l’horticulture.
In 1992 I wanted this book so badly after I saw it at an artist’s flat in Florence but it wasn’t available in any book stores and Amazon was yet to be invented, so was the internet. My lovely mother knew how to obtain it. She wrote to Shiffler Publishing Ltd. and I sent it across the Atlantic ocean.
M.E. Chevreul revolutionized the use of color. I’ll tell you more about that in the next post.