Saturday, October 20, 2012

This Time a Sanding Block

Original Painting

Reworked Painting with Sanding Block
Number 11 in the "Scratching the Surface" Series
"Not Eggs-actly" 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
On Exhibit at Randy Higbee Gallery

I really admire the works of William Wray, Bill Creevy, and Dan McCaw.  I am not trying to emulate them so much as be inspired by them.  Trying to dig down and find what excites me in a painting.  There is a certain "something" to their work that speaks to me...maybe it is their personal search for "beauty".

I commented somewhere on this painting on Facebook that I was going through my "grunge period".
My mother and sister were here in September and I took them over to my studio.  The drive over takes us past the waste water treatment plant and the Coors brewery.  I told them I think that is one of the most moving visuals I have seen (right after the cornfields in NE.)  My mother thought I was nuts.  But I love the grittiness/grunge of the scene, the mood, the shapes, the lighting on a somewhat foggy morning with those two complexes wedged in between a couple of foothills.

And so it goes, I'm working to find what that grittiness/grunge, mood, shape and lighting is in my own work that excites me...that I find "beautiful."  As I told a friend via email recently, it may be a short trip or a long journey.  Depends on what sights I see.  Come along for the ride.


Pam Holnback said...

I have a very wide, 2" Silver, brush with very soft bristles. Try brushing something like that across the wet painting and you'll have a similar affect.

Art By Erika said...

Cynthia you've truly inspired me! You may have given me a fresh new way to enjoy the process of my oil painting. I'll be sure and credit you and your blog when I do try it out - cheers! -Erika

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David J Teter said...

Nice work.
I just returned from Randy Higbee Gallery 6x6 show opening (first night, artists and such, tomorrow's is opening for the public)

Had a chance to really see the physical approach to your paintings, all look great.

As a student I had instructors and assignments encouraging breaking down the surface then building it back up, always makes for great depth in the work and a lot of fun.

Keep painting...