I'm so pleased and honored to have work in the June issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. It contains an ad for my work that includes three paintings: Day Star, Silver Flower and Near the Tannhauser Gate.
|The work is available through Principle Gallery, Alexandria and Charleston locations.|
|Day Star, 11x14, oil|
And a few details:
Super close-ups are a great record of the artist's journey through a painting. I was paying close attention to the color temperature shifts in the skin here. I'd decided that the light is predominately cool and the shadows are mostly warm with a slight cool reflected light on the far side of the face. This thinking helps to solidify a plan of attack when choosing which colors to use and where to use them.
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|A hidden surprise in her hair for those paying close attention.|
|Silver Flower, 11x14, oil on panel|
Imagining the fireflies light affecting the colored reflections in my model's hair and face was fun. The flower is a night blooming cactus, and the moth is a luna moth (seen in the full painting). I saw one recently, and I've been communing with the lightning bugs in our garden on a regular basis so that's partially the inspiration for this piece.
The Tannhauser Gate painting is part of my continuing exploration of alter egos, as in The Incognito Project.
|Near the Tannhauser Gate, 14x11, oil on linen|
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die. ~Roy Batty, Blade Runner
I'm just as likely to reference pop culture as great literature in my work. I love cross pollination in art and find inspiration in all aspects of life and nature. Hey, who's to say Blade Runner and Lord of the Rings aren't "high art?" Certainly not me!
I'm attracted to rim lighting such as this and light shining through fingers and ears.
The same June 2014, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine also includes Day Star in an article, A Bouquet for Spring by Matthias Anderson. Thank you!
I should feel a little sneaky slipping Lord of the Rings and Blade Runner references into a high art magazine but I don't. ;)