The Arrival Was Used As The Cover Art For The GYPSY’s Book “BLOGGING KANSAS: MUSINGS FROM THE LAND OF OZ” which is available on WWW.AMAZON.COM
A couple of weeks ago a, Leslie paid me and my wife Debbie a visit. We had a wonderful Spaghetti dinner and then spent the evening drinking wine, doing shots of Crown, painting and enjoying our friendship. I started a work that night that I titled “THE ARRIVAL” I was not been happy with the started work from the moment I started it.
I have been looking at the canvas for the past couple of weeks and trying to reconcile the work within my own head and I have not been able to wrap my mind around the work. An artist is never truly satisfied with any thing they create. The curse of the artist is the constant striving for a perfection that can never be achieved. There is no Nirvana for the artist! So I set out to salvage what had started out as a vino induced idea.
I sat in front of the canvas, palate in hand. The principal oils that I felt I would need glistened on the face of the stained wood like tiny colored Easter bunny droppings. One brush clenched tightly in my teeth while the other brush rested in my hand I stared at the taunting canvas. No inspiration was forth coming;
OK, OK, you know what you have to do. Work on your background until something grabs you. No that’s not right, paint over it. Try this mixture, that looks retarded, brush it out. I know, I’ll try the small brush and work out a detail here to…. NO, NO, NO, that’s not it either, ARGGGGGHHHHHH!
I looked down at Nuisance, my black Labrador Retardo who was sleeping at my feet, “Nuisance?” He lifted his head and looked at me. “Should I brush out the canvas and cover what I’ve already done?” He wagged his tail and I took it as a “Yes. ” So grabbing my sanding block I lightly sanded away the raised areas of paint then took my two inch brush in hand. I aggressively attacked the canvas with green, red and yellow until I had a segmented and blended background and that was when inspiration hit me.
I do not, as a rule, dwell within the world of abstract but for the power that I wanted to bring forth in this painting abstract was the best solution. Yes, that is exactly what I wanted to demonstrate, a “Powerful” image and that is what had been lacking within in the original work, raw power.
For the next hour I worked and reworked each stroke, line and image pulling and lifting it into natures most powerful force. I stepped back and looked at what my brush had brought forth;
Hmmm, let just sweep this up here, pull this down here and blend this over to here. That’s it! Now I can sign it.
So now I am pleased to present to you my newest work for your critique and comments. It is a 18″ x 24″ Oil on Stretched Gallery Finished Canvas entitled: “The Arrival”.
If you think you know what my inspiration for this work is then you are probably right.
“Art must evoke an emotion in order to be art. If it only creates indifference then it is not art, it is garbage!”