Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Wheel Out"

12x12" oil on masonite

This is small study for a much larger painting (36x36"). This was done from a photograph which was obviously shot with some sort of fisheye lens. I like how the lens distorts and exaggerates the sense of space in the picture plane. For example look at the size of the wheel compared to the head of the skater.  It's not quite 3-D, but it does create the illusion that the board is about to burst out of the picture.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"Hilltop House, White Fence"

16x20" oil on canvas

Without mutation there can be no evolution. This was an enjoyable attempt to throw myself off balance. When this painting was first finished I didn't like it. I didn't like it because it didn't look like my other paintings. It's been on my bedroom wall for over a week now and my opinion has changed. I'm seeing things I really like, others that I'm still unsure of. There have been moments when I've been tempted to rework it but I've decided to leave it alone.