I have recently mentioned to a few people about my slow art sales and how I was disappointed that the summer though less than one day old, was not what I expected it to be, I suppose the economy even affects tourist-prone areas like Manhattan...
However out of this seemingly negative occurrence, I see a very interesting benefit. My art has never been more fun than it is now, at least to me. The girl I made today emulates (in a way) the girl I painted yesterday. Spending an entire 11-hour day painting one piece of art is something that I cannot explain to you is quite the luxury for me. The piece I made today has a lot of surface information, she has layers and is interesting. The days when butterfly people flew off the shelves (or table in my case) last Summer caused me to only make the tiny ones really fast, so fast they didn't even have hands, or clothes, I just wanted to meet the demand for them. Well now they are more detailed and definitely more meaningful, I mean, what customer of mine wants to say their work of art was based on absolutely nothing, that its creation was solely to make a few bucks to put in the artists pocket? How about being based on an inspiring journey to a museum the artist did not know existed which led him to the Tibetan manuscripts, which in turn led him to emulate gilding and carving in the colors of red, gold, and black? Now that's what Id want if I were you so I guess its quality now-a-days, not quantity.
With that said a special thanks to you all who buy my stuff, you guys rock.
Without further ado here is the girl from today, she was a trial and error piece that kept growing as she went along, I like that her surface tells a story, the story of her hand-painted decoration.
Her beginnings were humble ones, pink hair since I knew it was irrelevant what color she began as, since I knew I wanted to cover her with paint
Application of the gold
Don't the figures look great in gold? My next one will just be a solid one
here I began painting on the red paint, the idea was to have her look as if the gold was painted on the red when in fact it wasn't
more red taking over
Here (below) I noticed that I was preserving her face, going against my own rules of turning the pieces into blank canvases, so I proceeded to paint her face with red.
She is now reminding me of a giraffe (not a good thing in my book) so I'm a bit annoyed now. I put more red paint on her thighs kinda to seem like clothing.
Now I decided to trace all the gold areas in black so that they stand out more
Its a very organic look, perhaps a bit like animal print, but its just too much contrast so at this point I decide to cover the entire figure in BRONZE paint which will partially obscure all of the previous work but luckily allow some of the red and gold to shine through.
below, the first application of bronze
Second application of Bronze
This is the final product, in life there are a few more optical things going on and the red patches can be seen through the bronze.