Thursday, June 02, 2011

29th & 30th panels

Cosmic Bowling, gouache & acrylic on paper mounted on birch panel, 7" W x 14" H

These are the last of the 7" x 7" panels I got for myself as a 49th birthday present! A year and half later (almost two years), I'm finished! Yay! If I've been consistent, then clicking the tag shut up sit down paint will bring up the whole series. Of course, I've also worked on a few other pieces in between, and if you click the tag painting then you should see those too.

I started these two panels at the same time I started Lichen and Ancient History, and you can see that they started life more or less the same. (Although now that I'm looking, I see that I did not include process photos for Lichen...well, you'll have take my word for it.)

But pretty quickly, I turned it vertical and it became a very different beast, lobster claws and all. Here it is about mid-way:

I really wanted to get this done today, before I head to Seattle for the opening of the Gallery 110 exhibit, so I've been working on it pretty consistently for several days. And of course, the top image is the completed painting. It does not yet have the acrylic on it; I'll do that when I get back. I have several pieces batched up waiting for the acrylic and the edge finishing, all of which I'll do at the same time.


gl. said...

wow! what a painting to end on!

and personally, i'm surprised that the addition of a humanoid/concrete figure makes such a difference in my ability to relate and appreciate this painting. (I am not suggesting all paintings need figures.)

hope your exhibit goes splendidly!

fingerstothebone said...

gl -- I find myself drawn to pieces with figures too. And even more so if they're females, and even further more so if they're Asian females. So there you have it.

So were you more drawn to this one than the the previous figure one here ?

gl. said...

i may be drawn to the other figure because it is so striking and has an intriguing expression. many female figures feature similar calm, beatific faces, but the figure in "They've Got Gold Trouble" feels like it has a story. also, it's a surprising color: the red really pops.

but in both cases, add a figure to an abstract landscape piques my interest. it feels like the abstract represents the emotional landscape of the figure.