Category Archive: Painting
Experimenting with editing old paintings onphotoshop. Makes me realize how much my taste for different color palettes has changed.
I did this oil painting as a commission for a friend. I made a photoshop collage (below) incorporating one of his travel photographs of brightly-colored houses on cliffs in Italy. I created a border using crossword puzzles and sudoku. He asked me to remove the bones from the original painting. I am working on a new sketch of the original plan because I want to have another try at a more detailed border and experiment with including the bones this time.
Here is a detail of the painting –
A large oil painting I did a few years ago but forgot to post. This one was inspired by mandalas and sacred geometry.
Here are a few more photos of the “Wiggly Things” painting series. Wiggly Things was showcased as part of the Shake It Up Exhibition in Nishi Gallery, curated by Professor David Williams and Anna Trundle. The series is inspired by philosopher Alan Watts’ discussion of “wiggliness.” The paintings represent the breakdown of rigid structures and organic elements into abstracted, fractured, and warped forms. In doing so, this series explores the futility of the human desire to impose order on an infinitely complex and ever-changing universe. Wiggly Things relies on painting as a means to disrupt linguistic categories and communicate outside of them. The series embraces the nature of the world that surrounds us as wiggly, chaotic, and unpredictable; the paintings find beauty in depicting and celebrating that rather than forcing it to adhere to a rigid structure.
I think Sky Net formed as a response to evenings of sitting in a hammock and watching the sunset through the telephone wires above our yard. It took me a few tries to get this painting right- not because this is a particularly complicated painting- it just took some experimentation to figure out how to create a physical painting that was loyal to the image in my mind.
Sky Net is part of a series of mixed media paintings on board called “Wiggly Things.”