Sunday, February 17, 2019

Feeling "Deserted" - New Work and New Show

Deserted, 10 x 10 inches, acrylic on panel

This was a tough one. I still love working with signs, but every now and then a building (or couple of buildings) catch my eye and stay in my mind. This was an old gas station, feeling forlorn and deserted on a city lot. In my mind I modified it a bit, including situating it in a much more lonely location. I wrestled with this one a bit, trying to get the look that was in my mind, but not really in my reference photos. Here are some process photos:

As you can see, I originally had more power lines - I was thinking of them of a way of showing connection - but I didn't think they really worked in the actual painting. Anyhow, after painting over the top half a few times - and spending way more time on it than I usually would for a 10x10" painting - I finally reached a resolution. I may revisit this some day as a larger piece to see if I can push it a little further. I find I am starting the year off with some challenges outside of my comfort zone, so stay tuned for more!

Happily this painting was juried in to the Newburyport Art Association's Winter Members Juried Show, Pt. 2. It will be on exhibit in Newburyport, Massachusetts through March 2. Please contact me if you would like more information about the painting or the show.