It was last summer when I became acquainted with the women behind Om-Fly Circus. They are a remarkable group – watching them at work on a swing or with silks has been such a revelation for me. Not to mention inspiring…
“Om Aerialists” measures 8″ x 10″ and was painted with a Gelatos and water mix.
I went crazy for some coiled hair. The coiled hair and the model’s silhouettes. Both, I found in Chanel’s Spring 2017 campaign. [I found out later that the model’s name appears to be Arizona Muse and she was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.] As for calling this piece “Tarmac”, all I can say on that is that it felt like the right fit.
Primary colors – such as the red and blue, dominating here – typically hold no allure for me. But when I paired the red and blue I felt such a bolt of power projecting from it. Striking. So where the “topography” elements nearly intersect, it became rather corrosive. Gold nuggets acting as meteorites…
It was in February 2016 when I first announced – online, here – that I was devoting myself to the traditional mediums with my art. Although, originally the idea had been to pursue combining paintings with digital imagery. [See: Brushwork] Which didn’t actually pan out, exactly.
Anyway, rather than include this piece in the Diaphanous collection, I feel it speaks more of the Arch series due to the mirroring, et al. Painted with watered Gelatos, it measures 9 ¾” x 6”. Is this dawn and dusk at an intersection?
In this painting, I have photographer Jorge Badura to thank. Harper’s Bazaar, in their November 2016 issue, called in Badura to photograph an editorial that had featured a group of fantastic, skyscraper scaling, aerialists who took to the skies while dressed in haut coutures.
Hence the title: Diaphanous Scaling [“Gelato” painting, 14″ x 10″]
Rita Ora is featured within “Paper” magazine’s October issue, wearing a Roberto Cavalli dress – which in reality is what I would call a peacock-blue color. While Rita is a sensation, that Cavalli dress just had to taken for my Diaphanous series. And whatever the blue that it is, I rendered it instead in orange. The two alien objects depicted were taken from the same editorial [photographed by Nicolas Moore – no relation] are tracings from Rita’s zig zag bobby pinned crown.
Many people without any artistic skills might view classic fashion illustrations as seemingly effortless to pull off. [When I say “classic”, David Downton comes to mind.] Those people would be so wrong. The key to creating a striking piece, I would say, has more to do with just the right amount of restraint. In this Gelatos medium image, which I call “Les Autres Femmes” [The Other Women], I’d be the first to say I didn’t nail it. And there is a story behind it – but that will remain my secret.
Les Autres Femmes
In 1956, a photographer [without credit] from the Press Association caught Brigitte Bardot while she was in Cannes. To me, the dress that Bardot was wearing in this image appeared as joyous as the look on her face:
Brigitte Bardot, 1956
Below, is my own spin – which I painted using water colors:
Is there a back story here? The technical one is that this piece is 11″ wide by 7.75″ in height and I painted it using Gelatos, mixed with water. Despite the more lively colors in the elements, I began to sense an imagery of civilization’s recklessness with our environment. [Then, maybe that’s just me.]
It would seem that photographer David Sims has become one of “my darlings”. Although I couldn’t find the name of the model [depicted just below] who wears this Burberry dress in Vogue’s October 2015 issue. In my 5.75″ x 9″ watercolor, I produced my colorized version.
In this, there was no plan. In front of me was 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches of space and that was it. My brush, loaded with gouache, went to a corner and I just kept going. When I felt it was more or less complete, I had sent the image to an artist friend who then deemed it [something like] very Carl Jung. I presume he had Jung’s “The Red Book” in mind. And that’s okay by me.
A momentary veering off from the Diaphanous series. Measuring at 5 inches wide by 8 inches in height, this piece comes from my exploration in working with gouache. Its colors are actually taken from the ones in my home’s bathroom. Drip… drip… drip.