I love waking up to snow. It, I don't know, makes me feel nostalgic for my childhood and certainly brings a huge smile to my face when I see my kids enjoying it. Too bad the rain came and I am back inside, cleaning the house, trying to take a bit of a break from studio time to focus on the business end of this project.
I have reached a point where I would like to start connecting with people who would be interested in helping get this project into an exhibition space. It feels a bit foreign for me to talk about figurative painting in the conceptual sense; however, this is a conceptual project and talk about it I must.
Over the past few months, I feel a bit transformed as an artist/painter. Whereas in the past I felt each painting in a series should follow a cohesive theme, now, I feel being that kind of figurative painter can almost be a hindrance in today's art market (is there a market right now?). The world we live in is faced with a throng of activity - social, economical, cultural, technological, industrial, environmental. Throughout history, artists have always, consciously or unconsciously, made statements that are representative of their time. And so, to incorporate my artistic medium into this idea of an easily accessible community of people is quite a turn. For me, I think the most important thing is this concept of accessibility. The Internet and technology in general have made so many more things accessible to the general public that used to be limited to people who existed in higher economic classes. Considering I bend towards socialism, this project allows me to embrace the idea that everyone should be painted and memorialized. I can't necessarily paint everyone, but in the end, as a whole the collection will be more than the sum of its parts.
I will be uploading a few new paintings this weekend and working hard on getting them out of the studio and into the public space. I certainly hope that will be soon!