I’ve finally managed to wrap up a commission that I’ve been rather a slave to for the past three months. I’m proud of the finished piece. Like a lot of commissioned works it’s not something I’d have done for myself as studio work. But it’s a good piece of work. A piece that has merit as a step in a new direction for my process.
During the process of creating this piece and another one recently I began working from multiple sources simultaneously. In the past I’d relied on creating composite images if my source lacked the elements I wanted for the composition. At some point I guess it became more trouble than it was worth and I just started picking up the photos and taking out the elements I wanted mentally and putting them into the piece. From that standpoint I can move things around or change their scale at will. I feel like it frees me up. As a result my work has become a bit more illustrative. More like creating a scene instead of reproducing a source image. I like it.
In the interest of keeping myself interested in painting I’ve been dabbling with some other ideas. I painted this one in the course of a handful of sessions while waiting for paint to dry on the others in progress. It’s not very large. Only 16″x20″, but I think I’d like to continue in this vein on a larger scale. We’ll see. I’m hoping to have more time for studio work in the very near future.