I used two scaled people (used for architectural models) in the set up for this painting to create a doughnut that is larger than life. It reminds me of the TV show The Time Machine that I watched when I was a little kid- people would walk down this swirling tunnel and end up fighting pirates or find themselves having just assassinated Abe Lincoln, or something to that effect. Hence the title Vortex, this chocolate glazed sucks you in and delivers you to a world so unspeakable, yet so delicious.
When I set this up in my studio I was surprised how distorted and enlarged the candied almonds were in the glass bowl. I placed it on my light box for a nice under lighting effect...it reminds me of a lava lamp. Wow, man!
And away we go! For the third year in a row I'm putting myself through an incredible artistic challenge (or is it self-flagellation?) by painting 50 works of art in 50 days. This year my approach will be a bit different because of travel plans in July and the fact that I am pushing my realism to a whole new level, so most of my paintings will take more than one day to produce. I plan to work on three at a time, so there may be some breaks in the daily posting, but rest assured, they will all get done in the 50 day block.
This year I'm indulging in the caloric-heavy world of candies, pies, cakes, etc. This includes all things sugary and sickeningly sweet, nothing will be off limits. Like before, if you see a painting you would like to purchase, you may reserve it ahead of time by contacting me. The show hangs at the Sanchez Art Center in late August.
I hope you'll follow along on this trip through Candyland.
Sometimes a break is needed. I felt I had to put the brushes down for a stretch (almost two months) to figure some things out, work on the house, and focus on my classes. Now that June is here and the semester's over, I'm looking forward to getting back into the saddle and hitting the oils pretty hard. I've signed up for a summer plein air class (it's good, I think, to see how other instructors approach familiar territory), a trip to NYC is in store as well as Lake Tahoe, and my inclusion in this year's 50-50 show will all keep me very busy.
50-50 starts in 11 days and of course, I will post paintings here as they come off the conveyor belt in my little studio. This year I'm exploring the caloric, teeth-rotting world of sugary treats. Should be fun, indulgent, and probably fattening. Stay tuned!