Updated: Jun 26, 2022
6 X 12 X 1" OIL ON WOOD PANEL
I've been loving the light on this building every morning when I walk by, it glows like this. I've taken shots of it with my camera and of course it needs to be painted plein air to really catch its light. But when I was looking at my shots I started realizing that I liked different times as the light moved across the building.
I started cutting them up into pieces and pasting them together and reconstructing the structure so the composition worked better. This was such a natural process for me because I realized as I worked this was how and why I started painting realism in the first place so now I feel like I've come full circle.
Years ago I was working in mixed media and my work was heavily concept based but I felt like I didn't have the technical skills to execute a lot of my ideas as well as I would have liked to. I was determined to learn realism so I could have that tool to use when I needed it to get my ideas onto the canvas and now I feel pretty comfortable to be able to do that.
With this painting it feels like I'm revisiting my mixed media/collage days from 20 years ago, but I'm painting it in a realistic style — which is exactly where this realism painting journey started for me.
I have no idea where this will end up but I think there will be more "deconstructed" paintings to come!
This one is also available for purchase here.