|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.