Monday, June 15, 2009

Into Albuquerque

After many starts, stops & long pauses~ I finally completed the large version of this painting! I spent some time trying to recreate the spontaneity of the smaller version, which proved to be challenging for a myriad of reasons. I want to apologize for the fish-eye effect of the photo (the painting/border is perfectly square :>). Im not used to photographing anything this big! I leaned it against the wall outside to shoot, and tried to square-it in the frame while shooting (oops!) To be honest- it has been really windy lately and I was more concerned about preventing a giant gust from catching a very wet painting and flopping it face-first onto the gravel/dirt!

First~ Because of the larger size, I switched from painting on smooth Gessoboard, to Canvas. After a year of working almost exclusively on Gessoboard, it was interesting to note the difference in the way the paint covered the surface (it took more work & paint to cover ground). I mentioned on the previous post that I was fighting the urge to blend because of this (as opposed to strokes of color).

Second~ I used the biggest brush in my arsenal to block in the majority of the painting (#22 Bright). I experimented with some 1.5" & 2" paint brushes from the local hardware store, but found they didn't give me the control I was looking for. I think I'm becoming a brush snob!

I mentioned in the previous post that I had some big news... My inspiration for (re)doing this piece came in an email from my sister about a month ago. As of June 21st, she is starting a new job~ planning, coordinating & recruiting for an upstart Artist Studio/Gallery near Toledo, Ohio~ The New El Rancho/Center for the Arts! She asked if I would mind sending her some work to use as a studio/gallery model to help generate interest/excitement for the possibilities of this new space. I was/am THRILLED to help her out!!! As I have spent the last year getting my "painting-legs" under me, I have always had the goal of getting enough work together to approach a gallery. My small studies have served as a vehicle to get me up and running in a short amount of time- they are perfect for viewing online, however~ they do not command attention from a distance... So walla! Hopefully this generates enough interest to get people to come take a closer look :>)

14 comments:

Sally Tharp said...

WOW!! Tom.. It's beautiful!! I wish I lived closer to Toledo so I could see it in person!!

Sheila said...

This is absolutely gorgeous and worth all that sweat and toil you put into it. I'm so glad the doors are opening up for you Tom. Pretty soon, we'll be able to say, " I knew Tom when..."

-Don said...

Spectacular is the first word that came to mind when I saw this, Tom. My jaw dropped and I just stared and absorbed... I too wish I could see this in person. I'm sure it's even more impressive up close and personal. Good luck to you and your sister...nothing but good thoughts and wishes for your success. You deserve it. -Don

Edward Burton said...

It sure will generate interest, Tom - wonderful job! That sky is amazing!

artbyakiko said...

Congrats Tom! What a great project! I'm sure your paintings will attract many artists and art collectors. By the way, your Into Albuquerque is stunning. I love every inch of it.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Tom, it was worth the wait! I am a HUGE fan of this big canvas, big brushes and thicker, mixed paint deal you have going on here. Your shapes and forms look really solid -- they read beautifully. It was worth every penny of extra paint if you ask me because the whole thing is just a beauty. To me it looks like you just leapfrogged ahead, skillwise. A big canvas really feels liberating, doesn't it? (<--rhetorical question!)

-Don said...

Tom, I had to come check this beauty out one more time. As I soaked in it's glorious-ness, I was suddenly struck this time by a memory created by Neil Peart in his book "Ghost Rider"... A book, BTW, that everyone should read by a drummer who kicks everyone else's ass - hand's down. Anyway, I love "Into Albuquerque" even more than I did last night. You, sir, are a damn fine artist. -Don

Vern Schwarz said...

Beautiful painting Tom, I love the two cars coming around the curve that are bathed in sunlight...really draws the eye. Large scale pieces such as this make such an impact.

Douglas Hoover said...

Tom, you pulled it off my friend! I see the classic Pohlman brush-master strokes in this one and it's a hit. You got the color, composition and the whole feel of the piece is (in Don's words) spectacular. Wonderful transition to big canvas.

Jeb said...

Big skies are the best! This one looks great!

L.Holm said...

It's beautiful, Tom. Absolutely will generate interest. How cool that your sis has the new job. Hope it will lead to attention for both you and her art center. Fantastic work!

Kerri Settle said...

It came out wonderfully! The sky is to die for. It is hard transitioning from gessobord to canvas and back and forth but you did a great job with it.

I'm sure your work displayed would promote plenty of interest!

Sheila said...

Happy Fourth to you and the boys Tom!

Gary Keimig said...

It came out just great Tom. Love the vastness of the sky that puts the riders into a reason for what they are doing.
Nice piece.