Well here is the latest acrylic painting I have been working on for just over a week and it is a bit of a departure for me since this is the first painting I have ever done that has an actual human in it. Painting a person is going to be my last hurdle as a painter, the one stumbling block that I have always avoided the most in my artwork, so after this everything is going to be gravy, right? This new artwork is based on a digital photo I took of my son Griffin at the local swimming pool over the fourth of July weekend and I am hoping it will keep reminding me summer as the weather outside gets colder, something warm to hold me over. The last two paintings that I have worked on have been painstakingly realistic like the aquarium painting and the Hamptons vine painting (see on the left) which I am happy with, but painting that one was like passing a kidney stone for four months, so now am just cruising through this new swimming pool painting and I am totally enjoying it because I’m not concerning myself with making sure every little detail is in the right place. I am just cruising through this one, for some reason painting water goes along a lot faster than rendering a lot of other things so now I am going to go through my old library of photos to find some more pool shots, hats off to you David Hockney, you were a very smart man.
All that cyan blue water is so busy I just might mix it up a bit and add a little style, maybe add a few fancy brush strokes to it instead of always concentrating on detail, in this one I want to avoid that ‘painted from a photograph look’ even though that is exactly what it is I would like to give a shout out to Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris whose article Painting quickly, bypassing the inner critic from her blog Art Calling has been such an inspiration in this new venture.
February 15, 2014