Here are two new paintings to prove that although I have been slacking off in the blog-o-sphere, I have been hard at work in real life. I hope you like them.
We Celebrate the Freaks
The title of the above piece is a paraphrase from a passage in a Salman Rushdie book that I love, The Ground Beneath Her Feet. The imagery is from photographs I took in the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (NB: Although many famous Argentines are buried here, including Eva Peron, this has nothing to do with my painting). I am inspired by the architecture of fancy graveyards and I like how the statues look silhouetted against the sky, something I accentuated in this painting. I was also reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon while painting this, which is set in Barcelona and has several scenes in graveyards. Although a great read, this is quite a dark book about a writer selling his soul to the devil, so I'm sure some of that got into this painting too...
When I'm Alone I Get Carried Away
The title of this piece is not a quote, but rather refers to the stir-crazy feeling I had while painting this piece. Really, the turmoil I was feeling was in other parts of my life, and painting this was calming. Yet some of that anxiety and loneliness got into the painting, something a friend pointed out to me upon seeing the completed piece. Perhaps I subconsciously think that by having control in my painting I will be able to exert some more control in my life. Isn't psychology fascinating? And just to thicken the plot, I should note that I actually painted these two paintings simultaneously... And yes, the dresses continue, albeit in an evolved way.
You can view these hot-off-the press pieces at my current show at Barefoot Coffee Campbell. The opening reception is tomorrow, December 8th from 4-7, but the show is up through Jan. 31st so just pop by whenever.