Being primarily a landscape plein aire painter, many of my works, I feel do not lend themselves to a specific category under these labels (although, many fellow artist, do, I believe browse their inventory, and choose what ever may come close.) My solution in each of the cases as listed above, was to treat the theme as a new school/work assignment, and come up with a concept for each of the themes, and paint an original work that fits the assignment. Enclosed are two past cases of these assignments.
While battling for an ideas for In and Out (and I did one solution with In and Out Burgers)
|Our two cats posed for "In and Out"|
Another was love, and again, my first idea really did not materialize as I wished so I landed up wiping the painting off. That night, three days before the entry was due, I thought of an old hippie love bus. I proceeded to research images (thank you google) where I used different photo concepts and ideas to create my entry "love Bus" which using the previous canvas, I painted in about 24 hours and literally delivered for entry while still wet!
Today, will go in to further detail about the latest submission for a show called "On the Edge."
First, its coming up with the concept. Many may think of is on the edge of a cliff, a building. Maybe represent a stress level, or some kind of sharpe instrument/tool etc. etc. Just for fun, I accessed Google once again, to see how images of on the edge there were, and a number came up, with the person at height the most popular. Battling this idea out, I still came up with the idea of a person on the edge of some kind structure, but, hopefully my representation would be reviewed in a unique perspective.
A number of pencil drawings finally netted, an overhead view of someone on the edge of a pool.
|First concept, photographic reference|
|First draft, by the pool|
|Another concept,. another draft|
After revising the water and rocks a few times, to finally meet my satisfaction, I signed the painting on the horizontal and was ready to submit. While photographing it, I stored it on the vertical, and looking at it, I liked it even better, it lent a vertigo to the scene. So, I covered up my signature, and replaced it so that the art would be viewed as a vertical, and the submission was entered.
|Although painted as a horizontal as the above draft, |
The final piece was rotated 90 degrees clockwise.
What solution do you think works best?
I was pleased...but like all juried shows, I am sorry to admit this particular entry was not accepted. (although, one entry that was accepted had kids jumping off a bridge, yet, just a straight on view Ho hum...) Unfortunately that is how it resolves sometime, but all in all I was happy with the picture, (now stored in the corner with many more) and actually still look forward to my next assignment. It provides a unique challenge other than just relabeling an existing painting.
Will keep you posted.