I am initiating a new project melding my love of painting with my interest in classic cars, particularly the MG. Every artist explores different and new ideas on the back of a particular subject. Call it muse, motive or even armature the subject provides a framework or matrix to build on or contain the work. So as I base my series on the features of this old British car I will use it to explore process, technique and awen.
Each piece will begin as a large oil painting and then will be reproduced in limited editions on archival quality materials. I will also have to teach myself to properly photograph the works so lighting equipment will be needed. Once its been professionally reproduced the edition will be offered with a certificate of authenticity at a reasonable price point. Initially I will market these reproductions to MG aficionados but I think they may appeal to other collectors as I explore the subject further. My first in the series is called "Two Enthusiasts (discussing Mk1 suspension)." I'm having fun already.
This is a poor photo. Once I get my new gear together I will post an update. I hope you enjoy.
I have just finished a very special portrait commission. This one has been a real privilege to be involved with. My main subject is a wee girl who has been facing massive physiological challenges all of her young life. Having to deal with over 300 seizures a day is unimaginable to me. Recently she has been responding very positively to cannibidiol medicine .
My intention with this painting is to of course focus on the beauty of this young life but also weave in the family's support for her and also some imagery to symbolize hope and optimism in the midst of adversity. I call the painting "Kyla's Way (Dove-song)."
I tried to capture a moment in time, a day at the beach with grandfather Chris . This painting is about the connection between Kyla and Chris and a particular awareness that happens very infrequently in her young life as her body and mind deal with such relentless seizures. Thanks to her family's tenacity and researchers efforts in the field of cannabis oil treatment those moments of awareness are happening more often.
When composing this painting I included Lotus blossoms in the foreground partly for their feminine beauty and also as symbols of overcoming adversity. I included two doves flying way back on the right in front of the mountains. We often learn retrospectively that people who are challenged with particular physical obstacles can have other senses heightened. I like to think that Kyla hears the doves song , inaudible to us but performed especially for her.