Destruction Construction

A few successful artists have been known to say that you should create and continue to create without hesitation… if you wait just for inspiration to hit you’ll be waiting a long time.

Sometimes a recent trip or photograph clicks something in my brain and I instantly need to draw it out. Other times, what seem to be random little memories/dreams sneak up to the surface and for whatever reason I want to cement that in a painting– something interesting for others to look at that they wouldn’t guess the story behind, and my personal life marker.

Drawing vs. Painting. I can draw greater details than I would be able to paint with a brush. That’s why I do both to get the best of both worlds. I also just love to play around with paint so I normally devote a few canvases to nothing but. Not expecting anything to come of it either– There is still a bit of a psychological game when starting a new piece… looking at the blank white perfect emptiness. The very act of creating is a direct act of destruction to a canvas. I gave up shooting for perfect lines every time, the pressure so high it stifled any free flowing creativity. This is why I earlier wrote about the transformation of my older pieces, into what they are now. With the first act of destruction done, I am free to ruin it to completion.

My first piece of 2015: no different.

Went through my stacks of canvases and found a bevy of things waiting to be “reconstructed”. Hallelujah! My favorite type of project to start. There was a 16″x20″ with a lot of paint spatters, an 11″x14″ with an abstract spatter skull, a 9″x12″ silver/purple scary face, and a 5″x7″ woodblock. I looked for the smaller canvas without a lot of texture from previously applied paints. The piece I was about to start (influenced by: Denmark) was going to be 100% painting, clean lines, and geometric shapes. I had lightly painted a ghostly face and drawn tribal designs all over, hated it and was not attached to it whatsoever. Perfect. I grabbed my trusty Sherwin Williams tinted white and painted a thick layer over the whole thing. A few spots still turned with the ink beneath but it looked like a fresh start—-


My method was to paint the shapes first, from lightest color to darkest. Then painting the base color background. Right is a photo of a photograph {sorry}(mural/public art in Denmark) which I was replicating.

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Coming along:
Fixing the alignment of the shapes and how they fit in the space on the canvas versus the actual mural on the side of the building.

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Time to clean up and add final colors. I mixed the correct colors for the final background. Then painted over the existing shapes, from lightest to darkest (white/yellow/green/red/blue/black) so that there would be no gaps from foreground to background. It did take a few layers to get the color to be bold enough to pop.

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This probably looks about as hard as a paint by number but let me tell you–


Without a crazy amount of detail or line work there is nothing to hide behind here. Spent a few days on this from start to finish, had a lot of fun doing something out of my typical process. Can’t wait to keep up the painting!



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