A new series in the works. I'm referencing old photographs of clowns from 1900 -1930. First I draw with Graphite on mylar and then affix the mylar onto wood panels I have gessoed white. Then I apply a Resin layer on top of the drawing/mylar. When dry I paint and puddle silver dust in the background. Each one differs, sometimes I paint schematics of a child or areas of colored bars, which references back to my previous series.
December 27, 2011 - The green is the green in the image above. It's washed out in the close up. In person its very powerful and I think I captured her sorrow, the sadness of being placed in a convent to become a nun at such a young age. Now I have to do it again three more times.
I am not sure the title - but it has to scream at the viewer - a sharp stab of realization. How we mold our children to our beliefs and customs. The Contemporary Tattoo Barbie and her cross bones with pink hair...the cross the young novices bear in a church. Somethings missing.
This is looking real weird....but I can see it...glazed with raw umber...light green in wood areas....tattoo barbie might need red hair. The pink is killing me. Even though the real thing has pink hair. Whateverrrrr
Painting is getting harder, my hands shake and sometimes jerk. Doing a demo for students yesterday...I was so slow and unsure of my mark making. Makes me sad - this new piece seems fitting. I am so afraid my hands one day will not be able to control the paint.
I am feeling a shift in my work. But it's still not clear. Do grandchildren...freaky things like hanging dolls, 9 year old nuns from 1890 on paino rolls. Feels fractured. Too many white spaces in the brain.
Still working on this one - but it's coming along- Sticks and Stones
I have to finish her dress and some some color issues. People seem to really like this one. So much emotion. Yeah...frustrated angry emotion. ;)