I wanted to do a monochromatic nonrepresentational painting that was all about a single hue in which I could explore a variety of pigments within that hue. And so, this one is red. I really became upset with it after a while, because it became so atmospheric and yet that’s what it wanted to be.
36 in by 36 in, oil on bed-sheet and masonite, 2012.
Inspired by a visit from Tibetan Buddhist Monks, we had an assignment in Painting III to paint our own mandala. I had difficulty with this project, because I didn’t like the idea of arranging icons or painting a clean design. However, i did enjoy designing the structure with a compass. The whole design is based on circles; I used the intersections of these circles as points to draw the lines. I then went over each section multiple times building up layers of drips, which allowed me to feel like the highly structured painting had a human element.
In Painting III, we were tasked with creating a painting inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus. In addition to the fall of Icarus as a consequence of his pride and arrogance, I also wanted to approach the idea that Icarus was really very small in greater scheme of things. Not only was he small, but so was his plight.
I poured several layers of a fleshy-peach colored acrylic gesso until it was very thick with a bubbly mud sort of texture. I begin with an abstract line drawing using a deep blue oil paint, which was inspired be a recent viewing of The Kitchen by Picasso seen at the High Museum of Art. Color was brought in, lines were moved and shapes developed. On side note this is my first painting to use a true vermilion pigment, which took me a while to find at an affordable price.
12 in by 16 in, oil and acrylic on masonite, 2012.
A painting based very directly on The Third of May by Francisco Goya. I wanted to push it further from the original than I did, but was still hesitant to do so. So, I ended up hovering somewhere between my intention and just copying. Eventually, I’ll pul this out and push it more.