I was recently asked to partner with Scott Trent of the Henderson Art Project to create a 2D work for the traditionally 3D event. The final piece "Breathe–Swirling Eddie XXIV" was created for the 2011 event. I myself have benefited greatly from learning how different artists think and create. I think I have blogged in the past about my love of the PBS series Art21 and the documentary Painters Painting where we get to look at art through those creating it. With that in mind I decided to document my recent work for the Henderson Art Project so that I could exercise my blog muscle. The Swirling Eddies series is a series of paintings I have been working on for many years. I really enjoy this series because it encompasses all that I love about painting.
Facebook page or their Website. Scott has done a wonderful job at organizing and evangelizing the project, as well as providing encouragement to those artists he meets along the journey (I being one of those :). This is one of Dallas' premiere public arts projects and a lot of that is due to Scott's dedication and leadership.
So, just a sidebar, from the picture you can see that my studio is carpeted. No need to call foul! When we bought our house one of the big selling features was the area upstairs that would workout to be a wonderful studio. The only issue was that the house we bought was already carpeted. So in the future there will be another flooring more suitable for the studio but for now I have been given permission to get paint on the floor! That's why I LOVE my wife! She's awesome like that! I haven't told her that I want to pour the new floor and that will mean big hoses full of some foul-smelling resin or some-such coming in through the front door and stretched up the stairs...we'll save that for another day. So back to the painting...
For the next phase of the work I get to use one of my favorite brushes- The pin-striping brush. These brushes were what originally created the Swirling Eddie painting series. I have always loved the "mystic spiral" and once I got my hands on one of these brushes I felt set free! I know this will sound a bit kooky but these brushes are almost mystical. There is something very primitive and cathartic about creating the swirls. Almost like the time back in college where we spent a night filling our studio with "ensos" (but that's another story entirely). I tend to almost always use either Burnt Umber or VanDyke Brown Hue when creating the swirls. I think the main reason for this is that in some ways they feel rooted in nature and the brown tones help link the swirls to the earth and soil. In earlier works I use to use a lot of black but along the way I moved away from black to browns. There seems to be an antiquity of presence and a deeper connection with the organic that comes from the use of browns.
Soli Deo Gloria,