Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The First of Many Self-Portraits

This painting is a mixed media completed in December of 2006, charcoal pencil, acrylic paint and alkyd paint on board. It is approximately 10" x 12".
What can I say, other than this is me. I painted it in the bathroom mirror while my roommates were having a party. The lack of a smile is due to the fact it hurts to smile for hours on end.

An Odd Juxtaposition

This is another acrylic on a sheet of 48" x 24" masonite. It is entitled "Silver Screw in the Upper Left-hand Corner", and was painted in October of 2006.
For this assignment I was studying the effects of two related spaces juxtaposed on the same support. It can be viewed horizontally or vertically. I like the contrasting moods of the two places; the one on the left feels barren, and almost threatening. There are only 2 hints of life, the partially open door and the abandoned roll of toilet paper. To enter the brightly lit room, one must walk through the door on the right. However they are then surprised when gravity overtakes them and they immediately drop out of the window and off the picture plane, due to a lack of a floor in the 2nd painting.

Awkward Silence

"Awkard Silence" was completed in the fall of 2006. It's acrylic on a 48" x 24" sheet of masonite. I enjoyed painting this one a lot, it has its own sense of humor. Originally it was going to be a portrait study of two of my former roommates, but my imagination got the best of me and so I turned one into an alien being. It explained the space between them much better, and I think the awkwardness is very tangible. The alien looks relaxed, as though just hanging out in the living room, while the other is clearly perturbed at her company, yet neither one is willing to leave.

Let's Start at the Very Beginning...

This painting, entitled "Cushion" was an assignment I painted for a Studio class. It's an acrylic on a 36" x 24" canvas.

The purpose of this painting was to allude to a narrative using the presence of photographs. I wanted to establish a comfortable atmosphere, which is why I entitled the piece "Cushion". Despite being pushed off to the side of the picture plane, the cushion on the chair is as much of a focal point as the images portrayed in frames.