Since early 2018, I started painting slow oil paintings from the information from fast croquis. I’ve been exploring ideas about connection so much lately, First Impressions have been a huge part. It’s fascinating how much instinctive information can be filled in upon a brief meeting. Only so much of that information can be quantified with language but there is so much intuitive information residing in sense and energy.
I do a fair amount of drawing from life. The figure drawing parallel occurred to me – croquis are these fast drawings that capture gesture, shape, position, and weight in seconds. They often contain enough information to fill in the blanks to translate quick lines into solid human forms with energy and emotion.
That’s exactly how first impressions work… we flesh out quick skeletal scribbles into emotionally concentrated human forms with very little to go on.
Each of the photographed paintings above are: 10×10″, Oil on Wood, 2018
Maybe my mind works better when I’m doing 45 things.
This year I started working on paintings about disconnection. Set in coastal south Jersey, they’re bridges being built and demolished. There was an old bridge that was in the process of being torn down a few years ago between Beesleys Point and Somers Point near the power plant. I was inspired by its surreal appearance. I had the opportunity to kayak out and take some reference photos before it was demolished. I’ll share the others shortly.
I usually have some figurative work going too. Now is no exception. First impressions are still in the mix. I haven’t revisited them since being spooked by that book – oh right. Maybe I never published that post. Anyway, I had one of those OMG seriously life poetry scenarios and took a break. They’re still very much in my heart.
Until recently, I haven’t played much with ideas relating to the masculine form. Right now, I’m working on a few shirtless man paintings.
I recently wrapped up a couple oil painting commissions and a resin piece donated to a fundraiser.
As always, I’m also doing freelance design work, managing websites, social media, making shirts and outrageous plans, mapping an escape, etc… My calendar includes escaping the beach to make shirts onsite at my favorite Vermont blueberry farm and create social content, paintings on view at The Gateway, and some dance-in-paint proposals.
But first, coffee! And salt water. Separately. Coffee with salt water probably wouldn’t taste all that good.