I finished my first painting of the year, and delivered it along with one from last year to the Art Center Sarasota for a juried competition. From start to finish, including custom framing, this project took five days. On to the next one!
Last night my father and I milled up this profile, cut the miters, and glued up this picture frame for my current work-in-progress painting. I started priming it this morning, and it should be ready in time to bring it to receiving day at Art Center Sarasota on Tuesday. Now all I have to do is finish the painting itself!
The frame is made from poplar, it started out as a rough cut 1′x12′ x 6/4″ plank.
With two days left on the clock, I feel confident that the painting will be finished in time, but this leaves no room for slacking when it comes to building the frame. I’m painting during the day, and woodworking in the evenings to make this happen. Since the last post, I’ve repainted the sky, the line of trees on the horizon, a portion of the boneyard, the fence, and the foreground plants. I’ll finish the boneyard yet today, and save the last pass on the children for tomorrow.
There’s something about fences. They surround us, keeping some of us in, and others out. Some of them are famous, while most are fairly anonymous. This is the second painting that I’ve done that heavily features a fence dividing the composition in two. Typically and by design, they aren’t all that interesting to look at, but as a concept, I find them fascinating.
Lunch break on day two, and the figures have had a second pass, as well as a portion of the boneyard, and I’ve begun to add some of the underbrush in the foreground. The juxtaposition between the park-like setting with the children at play versus the rotting heavy equipment on the far side of the fence is beginning to work quite well. The “city” in the title, “We Built This City,” is nowhere in site, and I’m hoping the viewer will consider the city they are currently in as the subject of the painting. The children are unaware of the possible dangerous situation they are in, and are pleasantly engaged in playtime activity, mimicking the work of the heavy equipment that built their infrastructure, long ago in a previous generation. This evening I’ll start milling a profile for the frame this painting will be presented in.
I’m entering a juried exhibition at the Art Center Sarasota, and the day for receiving the paintings is January 7th. I have one painting finished and framed that I plan on taking, and another that I haven’t started yet. It’ll be a race against the clock to see if I can get it finished in basically 5 days. I start tomorrow, my canvas is stretched and primed, and ready to go!