The brushstrokes, which were important to the background were totally messed up, and because of my three cats, and landing in my hair, the big problem was getting the hair unstuck from the paint...ha ha! It actually didn't take that much time, and luckily the figure was not wet, so other than having to fix some hair, (on the figure and myself) and smoothing out the background for a fresh layer of paint, I think the painting is salvageable. Although I decided to put the painting on hold, to dry, and move forward into 2016 with a fresh start!!!
|"Pies", 12" x 12"|
|"$$$$", 12" x 12"|
Having said that, this year for Art Mrkt San Francisco, I painted 7 small 12" x 12" paintings, (with only 4 actually making it in time for the opening) that incorporated obvious Pop Art in the backgrounds of my beautiful models. I am calling them "Pop Portraits". What I realized is that a 12" x 12" painting takes me almost as much time to paint as a 24" x 24" painting.
|"Target", 12" x 12"|
|"American Woman", 12" x 12"|
|"Hot Tomato", 12" x 12"|
|"LOVE", 12" x 12"|
|"Heartbreaker", 12" x 12"|
I am actually quite proud of those little paintings, and besides showing in San Francisco at my gallery; Scott Richards Contemporary Art, and Tangent, 4 of them are now in Denver, showing at Abend Gallery, along with 2 of my still life paintings. I am very excited to show my work in Denver; an amazing city, and where I was born.
Along with the small "Pop Portraits", I managed to finish a few larger paintings with the same format. I love Pop Art, and painting in the style of my favorite Pop Artists, allows me to pay homage to Warhol, Thiebaud, Dine, and Johns, just to name a few.
|"Mousetrap", 24" x 24"|
|"Calling Me Home", 24" x 24"|
|"Sovereign", 30" x 24"|
Then to finish off the year, even though looking around my studio I have 4 (or more) paintings in progress, I painted another Day of the Dead painting just for myself. I don't know why I am so fascinated by that cultural celebration, but I think I will always paint Dia de los Muertos images. A great reminder of those who have gone before us......
|"Dia de los Muertos II", haven't came up with a better title yet, 24" x 20"|