Wednesday, October 29, 2014

autumn art update/notes on a new painting style

This is a copy of the email I just sent out to my mailing list. (My mailing list sign up page for those who are interested. )
grassy hill, mixed media, 24x32

Hi Everyone,

Wow, it's been a while since I've sent an update. It's not that I haven't been painting, it's that I've been working hard on developing a new style of painting, so I haven't really had any finished pieces to show publicly for a while. That's finally changed, as I've managed to finish some that I'm happy enough with to post online.

I've had a lot of ideas floating around in my head as far as new ways (well, new to me, at least) for quite a while, and I finally decided I was going to have to try to work through them. I've been working on trying to learn from many of the fantastic comic book artists and illustrators and painters who are posting their work online, while still maintaining a style that's really my own. It hasn't been easy, but as you can see from the detail photo of 'grassy hill' above, it's finally been starting to come together.

I'm now randomly pasting ripped up photocopies of pages from my favourite books as an underpainting layer, and I've dispensed with the really heavy blobby painting that I had been doing previously, replacing it with thinner layers that still reveal the text underneath. 

I haven't really figured out a good name for this style yet, but hopefully I come up with one before my new show, which is slated for February.

That's right, I'll be having a show at the Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto in February, and it will be all new paintings in this new style! (Holy crap, I sure hope some of them turn out! (eep))

I'll be sending out updates more frequently this fall with new paintings and news about the show. 

Thanks so much for reading,
cheers,
Marcel