Finished this today…thinking of it as a study…figures, light, photo artifacts…the event was a Ruskin Chamber of Commerce BBQ….promoted as ‘Pigs in the Parking Lot’, 2012 or so. A friend mentioned that I needed a monkey and a couple of dogs to compete with Seurat’s “Island of the Grand Jatte”. I’m thinking of some of my painting as being ‘documentary painting’…recording stuff here in Ruskin.
This is an unlikely piece in terms of my work; I haven’t done any paintings with figures in ages. I’ve recently been doing some watercolor studies from the model, and enjoying it greatly. I was also simply struck with this image, it was a panorama shot with my iPhone, and I’m working to include the double images which occur at the ‘seams’…the places where the different shots have been ‘stitched’ together. Below is a detail of a section.
I’m working quickly, and have resisted doing a precise and ‘correct’ underlying drawing. I’m building the forms as I go, drawing with the paint, and hoping to preserve the loose painting and exploratory qualities of this process. It’s a pleasure to shift down in scale and to work on a piece which will be complete in a short time….maybe I’ll do a series of these…documents of life in Ruskin.