The Struggle of Changing Directions
The people who know me best know that I am a workaholic. The anatomy of my private time is spent reading, writing, working, or practicing. However, I find myself with the need to take a break from any one subject over which I have been obsessing. Usually, that subject is magic. And recently, I have been delving so deeply into a performance project that I needed a break from performing completely. So, I turn to painting in these times of need. Specifically large acrylic paintings.
The Work Itself
Most of my paintings are abstract in nature, but this time around I wanted to try something different. I wanted to pick a simple subject, and do something complex with it. I began with an acrylic medium transfer of the image of a large skull (3’x4′). Then I began to recreate the lights and shadows with acrylic paint and pencil. But, instead of using the standard tones that might be associated with the image of a skull on parchment, I decided to use as many colors as I could. Overall, I am pleased with the results. The untitled work currently hangs in my living room above the television.
This is the finished work