People always want to know why artists paint what we paint, so I thought over the next few months I’d share background on some of the paintings I get the most questions about.
At art shows people always ask me about these landscape paintings. They are surprised to learn that I paint them with my fingers. I don’t use any brushes for my abstract landscape series, only my hands. So yes - I guess you can still finger paint as an adult!
One of the reasons I started to use this technique, is that I wanted the paintings to really emote. And the best way for me to do that - was to have nothing between me and the canvas.
I also use music to help create emotion as well. When painting this particular series, I intentionally listened to Bon Jovi's Lost Highway cd. I was trying to capture the emotions of their music, particularly the songs "Make a Memory" and "Whole Lot of Leavin" Another reason I intentionally listen to the same CD when creating a series, is that painting a series can take many months of work. In order to get into the same mental state as the last time in your studio working on a series, I find it helpful to continue to listen to the same set of music. It helps me stay / return to a similar place mentally and emotionally.
The funny thing about using the same music over a period of time in the studio, is that my interpretation of that album can change. For example, some of the pieces in this series are more moody and dark, while others are light. It all has to do with how I was feeling about the content of the album at the time I was listening and creating.
Another way to create emotion in a piece is to make sure there is a good play of light on a piece. Which can be a little more difficult to do when working with something as blunt an imprecise as a finger. So sometimes I also us an artists medium to make the paint stay wet a little longer than normal, in order to be better able to blend.
I hope this helped give you a little bit of insight into how and why I painted this series. Let me know if you have any other questions about the series I can answer for you.
another look at behind the painting, see My Latest Torso Series - A New Twist