The Way I See It

1967 Swirl

Today I completed a new painting 1967 Swirl that will also be made into a relief print by Brent Bond at Santo Press. The painting is a combination of two patterns that meld The Sixties series with my Swirls series.

The idea was haphazardly generated in my sketchbook when I collaged both patterns on one page. I really liked how it worked and after mulling it over, decided to push it further.

I wanted the pattern to be a very “clean” image (unlike the above collage) knowing that I wanted to make a laser-cut relief print out of it. So, I bit the bullet, and made as precise an ink rendering as I could manage of a one-quarter section of the pattern.

The above ink drawing was then scanned and mirrored in Photoshop.

And then I painted it…

The finished acrylic gouache painting is 15.75 x 20 inches (on paper 18.5 x 22.5 inches).

Look for the print (which will be smaller) to be released in a month or so.

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The Suite Sixties: Side by Side

I wanted to post these paintings in a horizontal banner to show how they relate to one another–how the designs are related and yet completely different. The Suite Sixties–side by side.

1965, 1966, 1967; acrylic gouache on paper; image size 32 x 32 inches.

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The final painting in The Sixties series is finished! Here is 1965.

1965; acrylic gouache on paper, 32 x 32 inches, 2018.

You may see all three (1965, 1966 and 1967) in my portfolio.

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The Sixties Series–1965

A sneak peek at the third (and quite possibly the final) large painting in The Sixties series. The painting is 32″ x 32″ on Stonehenge paper.  The colors are intense and vibrating red/orange and purple/blue. It’s quite difficult to get a true color reading on the camera’s sensor when photographing the painting because these colors are so vibrant and they really do vibrate. They did, however, show up very true in these small color chips I made while mixing the colors.

This first image is of the completed orange-red layer.

I am currently painting in all the detail on the orange after completely filling in the white areas with the purple-blue color. If all goes as planned there is probably another 7 or 8 hours until completion.

These are the small color studies I made of The Sixties series paintings. It’s always a good idea to see how the colors work “small scale” prior to painting them in such a large format. I have found it is easier to tweak colors at this stage prior to beginning a 40-hour painting only to discover the colors don’t work.

You can view the other two completed paintings (1966 and 1967) from this series here and then there’s an earlier blog post about my Sixties series of paintings and prints here.


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