Hello! I hope some people out there are as excited as me about today being the first Painting of the Week post, because I'm really excited. I mentioned it a couple posts back, but for those who don't know, I will re-explain my plan. I decided when creating this blog that I wanted to have a weekly post about the art I am currently working on. As I was thinking about how I wanted to organize and show my work, I had the idea that I should try to create and show one finished painting each week. I really like how it will allow all of you to see new work consistently but also challenges me with a weekly deadline. And it's pretty awesome to think that if I keep this up for a year, I will have close to 50 paintings (assuming I may miss a few weeks) that I could sell. So without further ado, I'll give some explanation for my first painting in this series. I have to say, it was a really fun one to paint. We'll start with an in progress photo.
PATTERNS. They really inspire my work (always have, maybe always will) and if you taken a look at my other recent paintings I'm sure you can tell. I really love using assorted shapes, colors and intricate details, meaning small paintbrushes are my best friends. Wood is also another love of my life. I am kind of obsessed with the natural pattern you get from wood grain so expect to see a lot of paintings done on that material.
For this painting, I really enjoyed just adding details as they came to mind. I didn't have any plan, I just went with it. I tend to work that way a lot. Usually I love the flow I get from working in this style. There are time where I add details that I end up not loving and have to paint over it. This happened a couple times, and you can see it in the above photo where I added a red line that just didn't feel right. I painted over it and gave it a new shape with the light blue and I was back on track. Its all part of the process.
This one started with the phrase "I see you baby" solely because I spent a whole day with they phrase stuck in my head. Kind of like a song being stuck in your head but this was just a phrase, it was weird. Naturally, I just had to put it in a painting. Similar to the antler piece I did recently, I saw close to 10 deer in a weeks time so it was obvious I needed to paint about it.
After drawing the letters onto the wood I started adding details bordering it and the rest is history. I just kept adding new shapes in whatever color felt right at the time and continued that until the piece was finished. I draw everything by hand, but I do love using my ruler and my circle stencil so the perfectionist in me doesn't freak out too much.
Alright, I guess I can show you the finished product. If you ask me where this is meant to be hung, I'm not quite sure. Maybe a bedroom or a living room. Or if you want to be kind of creepy, a bathroom? Either way, I think whoever would want this hung in their home would be someone I could get along with.
I hope you enjoyed the first ever Painting of the Week post! Stop back on Mondays if you would like to see more. Also, if you have any questions or comments about things you would like to see or have me explain in the future please let me know!