Ahh, it is so great to pull color and paint back into the mix after years of primarily black and white work! The flow of paint on the brush, the bright bursts of various hues. It is so exciting! Would I be so excited had I not stepped away from color for a few years? Perhaps, perhaps not. Without darkness there is no light. Yin and yang, etc. As I have not painted in quite a bit of time I am playing with some new techniques. This one I took an image from the Sleep Project and stylized it in photoshop and am working from that image. This is why it looks sort of paint by number. Just about all of the mixing is done on the palette and little to none on the paper. At this point more excited by the color than the style of painting but it has been a great way to jump back into the paint!
This is a work in progress derived from the Sleep Project images I have shot. Took a really rough xerox copy of a photo and cut it into tiny squares and put them in a bag. I pick out a square and interpret it onto a 5" x 5" paper. The process is inspired by one of my favorites - Chuck Close - though of course I am nowhere near as meticulous as this master. The goals are perhaps different as well. This one is really about the sense of breaking something down into components and piecing it back together. I utilize different mediums, papers or fabrics, and styles of drawing/painting/printing/sewing to achieve and reinterpret. I try not to identify what the square is until it is time to put it into the larger composite image. How differently we see things when we already think we know what it is. If we can drop the labels, the naming, and bring fresh eyes to an experience it is so much different, more creative and open.