Monday, July 26, 2010

Can't you see them? They're everywhere!


Yeah, that's really sumptin, huh? Eh, not really, but I thought it was worth a share. Okay, here's the stats for those of you that care (and those of you that do, know that you are better than everyone for it).
Title: "Isn't This A Dream Come True?"
42" x 30"
Acrylic on parcel paper
Here's a picture for size reference

The child was based on a weird toy on my shelf. I found this thing at some strange roadside attraction on my road trip from Atlanta to LA. I'm pretty sure that the shop in question appeared from a gap in the tectonic plates that led directly to hell and the figurine is actually a manifestation of a child's tormented soul after she was denied ice cream on a family vacation to Palm Springs.

I've been trying to make an effort to start painting and drawing and just experimenting more. Basically just keeping it loose and fun for the sake of creating and not worry to much about the end result. I haven't been making much art at all this year and its already more than half over! My problem is that I feel if I'm going to paint or draw, it has to be absolutely perfect (to the best of my ability) and since I don't have the time to spend an entire day on painting anymore, I just start getting discouraged and frustrated and decide to skip the whole thing. Yeah, that's pretty stupid. So now, I'm just trying to force myself to spend a few hours everyday just doodling or gesture drawing and get myself back in a groove. That's basically what this was. Just having fun and not worrying too much about the end result. I painted this while listening to an old KROQ recording of an Oingo Boingo show from 1980. The piece itself isn't that strong, but I think the idea is pretty decent and I'd like to revisit it sometime. Maybe do a nicer more detailed painting at some point or maybe making a cleaned up drawing and try making screen prints. I think for now though I should just stick to this kinda stuff and try to develop more of a personal style rather than my usual schtick of 1930s style animated characters bleeding from the eyes or whatever.

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