Friday, September 21, 2012

bald men into horses....

So...I am a month later than I thought I would be in getting this blog to "awaken" after it's hiatus of sleep in lieu of my posts on "OlivosARTstudio.com"... that blog will begin to go dormant soon... probably by November 1st, after we host our Kickstarter pARTy.  If you have not yet checked out all our "happenings" with that ARTventure, please go to that blog and check out all our photos and new paintings! More will continue to come forth as we develop the theme of our ancestors-born out of our Mapuche research in Chile. The ancestors have slowly began to be more and more universal in content...we are excited and plans for an exhibit in Greece is possible as well as one in New York City..yay! Now all we need is one in Chile to complete the circle!

Meanwhile... in between my ancestor work -which is very much of an "earthy" color scheme... I began to re-work a painting I have had in the studio for over 5 years.
The painting was called "Dos Lunas/Two Moons"... and it had some qualities I liked, and some I hated... the bald guy was quite disarmingly horrid...
The yellow in the image above is not accurate (nor are the other colors)....
 but you can get an idea of the original piece. Below is the first stage of changes...the colors here are accurate and unchaged from the original, but you can see the bald guy is now...well, a horse guy...

The most tedious part of the process was painting the angels faces again... I spent three entire days just on the tiny details of  their faces... but it was so very rewarding and I was reminded  why I consider myself an oil painter above all other media: I love the process of working with this creamy soft medium... the smell of the paint etc. The only thing is the messy factor... I was reminded of that when one evening stretching in my yoga class for "down dog" I squashed a huge chunck of alizarin crimson on my mat! What an oily and creamy mess! But it is SO delightful to go to sleep again with a painting on my mind. It is something that does not occur when I work with acrylics as that is so much more of an immediate process... with oils, I live with them for months as I work on them.... or as in the case of this piece: YEARS!

Here is the finished piece, I am quite, quite happy with it! Not sure of the title yet... any and all ideas welcome!

Much love to you and yours and please stay tuned for regular updates from now on!!

Love, light and laughter....!
Claudia