I’ve finally completed the last painting in my Full Moon Series! I’ll post it here once I get it mounted and varnished. As my newsletter readers know, I’ve been sketching and coming up with some new ideas in a new direction. I’ll just quote myself, as it took me forever to come up with the words to describe my new series:
These new pieces will begin to explore a world crumbling away. Each painting focuses on a child interacting with this environment, seeking ways to connect and play and explore, a discovery of what was and what is to be. The image above is my first piece, where stones on a fragment of land become a means to create and build. I rarely incorporate figures into my paintings, so this is a huge and slightly terrifying leap for me. That is probably why the figure is the last thing unpainted! I have a lot of ideas for this series though, so I need to push through and get them down on paper.
Here my mystery kid (I want the sex to be nondescript) is building a stoneman (you know, like a snowman, but stones). You work with what you have…
I’ve been avoiding the kid and the rocks for a couple of weeks now. Stupid stuff, like I think “I should paint. But first, I should make bread from scratch!”. Today I bit the bullet on the stones. I think I should practice painting the kid on another piece of paper to get a feel for what I want him/her/it to look like. I like how I painted the figure in Messengers…I’m hoping to get that sort of look and feel again.