Untapped

Untapped (2014, 24" x 12")

Untapped (2014, 24″ x 12″)

This one’s going out into the wild! It will be auctioned, to be precise. I’ve donated it to the Triton Museum in Santa Clara for their upcoming “Mad About Art” Gala Auction. All proceeds benefit the Triton for their future exhibits and events. If you want to see it in person, it will be on display April 26 – May 2, 2014; the auction itself is on Friday May 2nd.

I wanted to create something to bridge some of the figure work I’ve been doing with some of the object explorations I’ve done in drawing: isolating objects, removing them, that kind of thing. I also wanted to explore some of the positions and expressions people fall into without thinking about it…hence this once, tapping on the phone that’s not there. Or perhaps making a point?

I modified my technique in a few ways on this one:

  • I brought in cooler colors sooner to add a blueish foundation to the leather jacket.
  • I added a true black (Carbon Black) rather than mixing Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber. Black can muddy colors a little bit, but I figured it would look more true for the jacket. Using Carbon Black washes was a refreshing change that reminded me of the monochrome watercolors I painted for the Make It Legit posts.
  • The fingernails? That’s the lacquer part of the painting. I painted those on using the actual polish I wore in the photo. The color is Wednesday, a nice teal color from Zoya

I painted this one straight from the photo reference – no manipulation here. I posed with my phone, which Alan extracted before he took the photo. And, the pixelated shirt (“The DaVinci Code”) is from San Jose’s own Halloway.

This one is a milestone to me because it’s the first time I’ve started a painting knowing I’d probably never see the original again in person, assuming it sells. That’s a distinctly different feeling than creating art for myself, friends, or family, and feels like it’s going to the next level after a long time dabbling in a lot of different stuff. If you’re reading this after seeing it at the Triton, kudos to you for looking up more info about it, and I hope you find a bit of the backstory interesting.

Not meant to be

Not meant to be

Gesso'd and sketched

Gesso’d and sketched

Yellow ochre and ultramarine blue

Warm & cool tones

Bringing the black

Bringing the black

Cooling the skintones

Cooling the skintones

Woodgrain

Woodgrain

Lacquer as art material

Lacquer as art material

Nearly done

Nearly done

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