|Out of the Red (6 x 8 “)|
|Hope is a Thing with Feathers (6 x 8″)|
|We Sit in the Mud and Reach for the Stars (16×20″)|
Bunnycutlet is back! Well, it never really left, this is the second show since the closing of the physical space on Roebling and it’s definitely one to get excited about – showcasing 7 outstanding artists at the awesome and gracious Cotton Candy Machine gallery space. I’m a big fan of all the artists involved and and honored to be a part of it. Hope to see some of your faces there…
Since I can’t do full reveals until after the opening on FRIDAY – for a little pre-show treat I’m going to share some of my research, inspiration, sketches, and general making-of for this exhibit. You know, for all two of you who care about that sort of thing :)
I wanted to incorporate deep blue grey-winter skies,
silver, and mud with pops of a little sickly green and hot
cadmium red-orange. I desaturated these a bit for my color layout (below) because I wanted to do something more illusive and tonal for
this series and ended up with some very mirage-like imagery. Seriously,
in certain light, the images seem to disappear altogether. Sort
of like that disorientation that all-grey-all-day winter days can do to you…
My reference has more golden pops than I ended up using in my final
series but it was a great springboard.
|Here’s the sketches laid out over some of the reference for color
blocking. As you can see both color and layout have changed quite a bit
since my first stab at it.
I wanted to incorporate some knit patters into the series. Some of the
research I came up with on this was awe-inspiring and it’s certainly a
theme I’d like to revisit when I have more time. I ended up using
the knits patterns pretty sparingly in the end – you can see them in the
mud, on a spine, and then mostly it evolved into braided hair.
|The refined sketches before being transferred to their panels|
For the small, 3 painting set I was inspired by the owl you see there in the reference below. His eyes look like windows into the cosmos O_O It was love at first sight. Ironic because apparently he is blind. I was taken with the idea of the blind predator and moved forward with that, incorporating a fox, a snake, and an owl. I chose the fox image below as reference because I felt the snow on the black of the ears looked like stars.