i'm starting with a canvas that has already presented many images. It has been painted over and over...and...over. I'm shooting for a final painting. But instead of white-washing it to start anew, I am going to paint into what is already there. See how that pans out. Here is the before picture...this has gauze on the bottom, which has proven to be difficult to paint over. Although I do like the effect, we'll see what happens when it is there, not for a particular purpose, but as an additional medium.
And after some time, some thought, some watching movies with beautiful artwork in the background, some inspiration from past work and present inertia....we get something like this:
Yea. I apologize for the blurry photo, first of all, and second of all, this one is going to take a while, I can feel it. I will try to capture every move I make on it, for purely selfish reasons, because although I feel that this piece is going to be a challenge, I hope to see the development and how it shapes itself.
I've just recently been to Arizona. To meet up with a man that I adore. The scenes from the wing of the airplane, going over Utah was spectacular. Out of all the photographs I took of bushes, and catcti, and birds and people; the ones over Salt Lake City have captured my interests the most. This painting is going to get some of that inspiration. I'm very excited about the end result, and even more excited about the process.
I'm starting partiallly over. Here is the before picture. Before the after and the after and the during and the before the before:
I recently took a trip to Tucson, Arizona to meet up with a wonderful man. I took many pictures - but one that sticks with me is the photo from the plane window over Salt Lake City, Utah. There are these rings of color that resemble vinyl records embedded in the topography. The guy next to me on the plane said that they were water purifying tanks to make the Great Salt Lake drinkeable. A guy in downtown Chico told me it was most likely circular fields, as he sat halfway-in and halfway-out of the passenger side of my car. I have yet to look it up. For now, those two answers are enough for me.
So, the concept is of geographical circles or "manscaping" of Salt Lake City. And that of an accidental bush on a hill that appeared all of a sudden when I turned the painting on it's side. I'm painting these circles with the same fervor I painted "bulls-eyes" a year ago. It's always nice to have something to obsess about.