So... this is different, you may say. I continue to work towards less descriptive-still in keeping with less detail, more information. My goal is for people to spend more time looking and see more every time. I also want to combine all of my skills, the gestural drawing, the palette knife and brushwork. One way for that to happen is to paint more than one figure. I also wanted to find another way to handle the negative space, other than the planes of my other FIGURES. I decided I could use my background of wallpaper and fabric design and my extensive floral design history and use the organic shapes, mingling with the figures. This is a larger painting which allows me the space to do some pretty interesting things.
This was painted as a demo in my workshop on January 9. There were 14 people signed up and it was really a terrific day. I got about halfway on Saturday and went back to it and finished today. It is alright! It is difficult to concentrate on my own work during the class and I do much more talking than working, so I was a bit worried about pulling this together. As all of my paintings are, it is wired and includes wall hardware for immediate display and is coated with archival vanish for protection.
Below is the painting as it was when I left the workshop.
I went to New York to visit Chelsea Galleries last weekend. I will be posting the galleries and the exhibitions that I saw. Today is Post 1 Alfred Leslie. I REALLY loved this-all of it, including the color, grid composition and the gestural and geometric abstraction. I probably think you know that those very descriptions are what I strive to include in my FIGURES Series. So, it is probably no surprise to you that I love this. Many of his paintings include collage and offer narratives- beach/water/landscape/breezy flag. I see more information, less detail- always my goal and I am enthralled with Alfred Leslie's work.
Alfred Leslie was born in 1927 in NY where he still lives and works. His early work, featured in this exhibition is Abstract Expressionism. His later work, in the mid 1960's, changed course towards realistic figurative and unnatural realism. He even looks like a guy I would like to know. Look him up, if you are interested!
Alfred Leslie, Lake Front Property, 1962, oil on canvas, 11'h x 8'w
Continuing my FIGURES Series, I began this with a simpler painting in mind! Once again, I kept going. This has very developed color and more detail than the previous FIGURES. It is bold, for sure. I have always felt that what differentiates any piece of art , is the decision making. It is a very special process. This isn't just a copy of my inspiration, in this case, the female figure. It is my own addition of color and shapes. It is my handling of the paint, brushes and pencils. It is the application of my knowledge of design concepts. It is inherent and learned. It is my gestural markings and my hand that make it different that any other artist. I would love for the viewer to consider why I do what I do, consider what every artist has done and question, "Why?". Zoom in. It is unlikely than any other artist would do what I have done. It is like a snowflake, no two are the same. It is directed by my own sense of art and unique to me. What are your thoughts?
I have been trying new colors and getting looser with the gestural drawing with the palette knives and brushes on the DUNES Series. I invite you to zoom in and see what is happening. They are very fun to create. I have said this many times in blog posts, but I was starting out with a softer palette in mind. It didn't end up that way!
This is painted with a limited number of tubes of oil paint for a harmonious palette and unlimited color creations. As all of my paintings are, it is wired and includes wall hardware for immediate display and is coated with archival vanish for protection.