The last time I was at AS220, a multi media art space and live/work community in downtown Providence as220.org/, I met two women who were working on an offset print project that involved creating a small book of family photographs. They let me look thru their stack and photocopy the ones I found interesting. The painting below is of one of the brother's proudly modeling his brandy new, 1970's era, patchwork pants.
|Pic of full, finished painting taken in studio.|
|After laying down swipes of black I sketched in the figure and then added blue tape to set up a patchwork pattern.|
|The colors are sprayed in with various aerosals.|
|The tie and ray designs were sprayed in using a handcut stencil (it's based on a favorite tie my dad used to wear).|
|After adding aerosol oranges I started adding Gamblin Paint Co oils mixed with Neo Megilp to keep the paint a thin wash.|
|The end face is absolutely perfect to me - just what I was hoping for. Crinkled nose, eyes shut tight, laughing. Easy breezy, colorful and fun. Not a social commentary just a painting of a happy tween.|
|The shine in his pants comes from layering oils over aerosol. The aerosol is a tad thicker than usual and bc of the temp in my studio the oils dried oddly but the two mediums and odd drying produced the perfect effect for his pants.|
|Oranges, oranges leaves and letting hopefully convey the feeling his (made up) wallpaper may have had.|
|Pic of full painting taken in studio.|
The photo of the two girls on the right is for another project but their faces helped me to reconstruct "Amboy and Charles" and bring him back to being a happy, happy kid.
Video slideshow of the construction and development of "Amboy and Charles Street" from beginning to end:
"Amboy and Charles" - oil on acrylic and aerosol on 36" x 48" canvas. Exclusively available thru:
Eden Fine Art
560 Madison Ave., New York
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