I am happy to report that I cleaned up my studio tonight..enough to find my Golden "Open" Acrylics that I bought last summer. (How is it I can lose my supplies? My studio can be like a labyrinth of stuff). Anyway! Here was my thinking about painting over this painting (scroll down). The original painting was something I did in the style of my friend George Broderick. When I did it I meant for it to be an homage to him for a show called "Expressions." It's served it's purpose and it is a stylized thing..but not my style. Goodbye, weird painting.
Acrylics lend themselves to abstract paintings and even though the "Open" brand is supposed to handle more like oil, I had it in my mind to try my hand at a quasi-abstract. This is what is good about being me--! I love simple graphic painting as well as traditional representational painting. My intention with this paint-over was to "carve" out shapes... allowing some of the negative shapes to create positive shapes and visa versa. It is meant to look somewhat cut-out --that's what I am going for. I'm super happy with the end result...I think it has a contemporary feel. Best of all, I enjoy how it is not easy to tell which side of these people we are looking at. Suggestion is cool..it gives the viewer much more to do than when the artist provides every detail. What do you think?
Acrylic on 24x24 gallery wrap canvas
My new painting also makes me think of "global" type things. Watch this video..(I promise it will make you smile! if you are old enough, you can also take a certain pride that this song originated during "our time"--the message, however, is completely timeless).