Token Redux #69/109 6 x 6 in. Oil on board #365paintings2016
You know it’s Fashion Week when you’re not working for Robbie Strohmeier but you’re still workin’ for Robbie Strohmeier. Ha! Lighting designer extraordinaire, friend and collector of my work.
This was a long time coming. I finally went back into Token. I LOVE NYC and this token is too much of a cultural icon not to do her justice.
When I first showed the actual token to Robbie he said he wanted first look if I painted it. I obliged and he said to consider it sold. He had to wait a while but here she is now finally completed. Felt good to get it out. Done and dusted. And just under the wire too…Fashion Week comes to a close starting tomorrow night! Besides, NYC deserves a gold coin. ;)
Sunflower 6×8 in. Oil on board 8/26/2016 #365paintings2016
I got some sunflowers for homework last Sunday. Hiro strikes again! He knew I wanted to get to them this summer and I guess he remembered before before I could. :) I love them but immediately my head goes to Vincent van Gogh. How could it not? I pulled out a few that spoke to me and decided to suspend them against a dark background. Sveva thought this was a great idea, jumping up and smacking them when she could. That girl, I swear.
I started out with a simple sketch in oil and ditched the idea of getting a smaller flower with all the stem floating in the painting and focused on one in particular. My suspending it of course was now killing the flower but I liked her where she hung so continued on and took a pic, knowing quite well that it wouldn’t be long before she began to wilt in the lights anyway. Made as many notes in color as I could that first day.
The second day I went in and got off to a good start but then everything fell apart as can happen when you’re using a fair amount of paint and moving from edge to edge. Especially with such a dark background. Wiped out by end of day.
The next day I had an idea that I wanted to investigate and once I did it changed the whole direction of the painting. I have this thing about flowers not just being flowers once I paint them. A lot of times a hidden meaning or core concept changes the shape of the flower and it represents something else. Sometimes to the degree that it has a whole story.
It happened a bit like that this time, in a way, and there’s a clue to it’s deeper meaning within it. That’s a really fun thing to do. I love stuff like that. So it’s a florilegium like the Victorian prints used to appreciate the esthetic beauty of various plants and flowers. But with a little magical realism thrown in for good measure. ;) I would love to do a more developed version of her… I hadn’t seen that one coming.