Took a slight detour from the 6 x 4 foot "Fall of the Rebel Angels" and thought
that i had better get this piece started!
But before i drone ceaselessly about that...
"Sympathies and Antipathies"
a Solo exhibition of Work by yours truly
November 7th at the Egan gallery
curated by the legendary Bax Baxter
and located in the Magoski Arts Colony
223 West Santa Fe Ave, Fullerton California!
7 to 11pm
Now Back to our regularly scheduled Blog....
For this exhibition, it was decided that it should contain a few
MONUMENTAL pieces..... paintings worthy of a museum
paintings the viewer could get lost inside
Works that entrance and absorb the eyes,mind,and heart...
Works that Speak
and have enough room to tell their story...
Well.... today's story concerns "Saint Surveillance".
This is a concept that has birthed a few paintings...
different versions for different circumstances..
He was born at my 2002 exhibition "Rational Suspicion"
at the legendary Caged Chameleon in Santa Ana.
It was an art show that combined
the Book of Revelation
with contemporary Conspiracy Theories
and showed the good folks
that we were RIGHT on schedule!
Most folks didn't get it back then,
despite the fact that the Patriot Act
and all the measures enacted since then
bespoke a much different future than we ever imagined....
I had a 2 year chemtrail log displayed on the wall,
and we had mounted a motion activated "camera"
in the bathroom!
Of course,it really wasn't a camera,it LOOKED like a camera
but merely moved left and right when activated.
No recording machinery in there whatsoever!
It was meant to give folks a feel of their intimacy being observed...scrutinized.
but the main response was general uneasiness....
MUCH LIKE TODAY,with the NSA and advertisers
observing and recording
our intentions and actions...
But i digress...
Above is the first Saint painting in the series...
It was painted in gouache on a gessoed board...
This painting is the second piece in this series.
It was painted in acrylic with paintpen over that....
and the third,also rendered in acrylic and paintpen.
Well, for November's "Sympathies and Antipathies",
a FOURTH version needed to blossom forth.
One different...more EVOLVED than the previous incarnations....
And here's an old Militarized Saint from an OLD sketchbook
So first..... there were a LOT of studies and a LOT of mullin
and ruminating to begin...
So First i went thru the Studio/batcave/Art Studio of Solitude
to see what i could dredge up....
And after some useful reading and notes taken
found this on the internets
and solemn seriousness
of purpose and destiny
just drew me in....
Being a lover of Stained glass ever since my Lutheran midWestern upbringing
this one just begged to become a newly transformed
PATRON SAINT of our new Societal Model....
Let us Begin!
Initially, it was just a flurry of impressions
the initial concept of the police shocktroops
emerging from the folds
as well as the camera/eye.
Another Rickie-Quickie sketch....gathering up speed
playing with possibilities and treating the sketchbook like a post-it note pad!
The concept of gate/enclosure/corralling....
Also had the idea of a ring of children in a camp
kind of a Matisse homage for our times....
Note: As i start to gather steam and the brain starts a-boiling
ideas just pop up lickety-split
one after the other.
They're all not winners
or they may be brilliant but not right for THIS piece...
or maybe deserving of their own painting....
that's the way it works here
lots of buckshot....
Pictured above is just a quick Copic marker study of the stained glass St. Patrick
retaining the staff and church and mitre...
and here's where the form is played with and different machines and structures are added.
I wanted the cloak to flow downward
red and viscous
but more of a subtle than literal translation.
There was a clearing in the middle for a Moses type exodus/corralling into the structure
but that was rejected after realizing that it may suggest birth or penetration.
or they may just look like lil tots on Santa's lap!
So a different solution was discovered...
Why not have the figures emerge from the sleeves?
Spilling out from that SOURCE
that Monumental Source!
and it will be BIG!
36 x 60"
a Commanding Vision,if ever there was one!
Now for the difficult part...
nailing that arm cradling the church!
and with the blue surgical TSA gloves
the mood was further reinforced
and stamped for approval!
Decisions were made and it was ready for the final "fitting.
Taking the dimensions of the canvas and mathematically reducing them
allowed for a SHRUNKEN version
and helped me to visualize where the eye would travel
the map of the landscape....
Next step was to figure out how to colorthis
the supporting actor to the drawing
to create some MOOD.
The sky was still TOO Blue too Sunny too LIGHT
for the gravity of the narrative....
Here's some close-ups of the drawing....
Well... it was time to transfer this drawing onto a canvas!
a BIG CANVAS!
I have an Old trusty Opaque projector that i use to projectthe drawing onto the canvas
Sometimes an artist has trouble capturing the immediacy of a drawing
when pressed with enlarging it... Well ,at least i do....
Learned that gem of wisdom after about the third mural...
Here it is ,in comparison with the Rebel Angels
i sketched it on quickly
allowing for more freedom of flow with the elements.
Here are some other various shots showing it in progress of being realised
as well as some details....
FIIIINALLY,it was at a point where i could establish some of the lighting
play with some textures
and some DRAPERY! :)
and mechanical thingamabobs
PLUS, i could practice BOTH
a slow downward flow (the beard)
with a sloooooooower mollasses type flow
with the crimson colored drapery of the cloak...
An initial RAW UMBER for the shading
and then washes of the fill colors
growing from the initial RAW UMBAH shading
Enough washes and they are COVERED practically!
flowing and transitioning smoothly
especially when the viewer steps back from the piece...
Here are some details
As well as the Bottom
where i began to add more figures
off the cuff ,on a whim
ON A NEED for a way to promote distance
and enhance the story...
Here's sketchbook studies where they were assigned
TO THE CANVAS!
Of course ,there are about a dozen more pages of studies
but these each contain elements used in the piece..
Now.... where were we?
The initial tinting/building up of colors...
And Now,dear viewer
Onto Phase THREE of this Heroic Undertaking!
i KNOW the painting was supposed to be COMPLETELY PAINTED with acrylic
before the final touch with the paintpen.
YES! My anal retentive organized paintpen quiver
a dear old friend...
I have been using paintpens
embellished over acrylic
on and off
honing up on painting for a few months
involving more time with the sketchbook for a time
it's always drawing vs painting
which one to give time to?
with paintpen OVER acrylic
it's like both
AND,the advantage is
it's FASTER than just laboring with a brush
over the deadline..
and the more one uses them
the more tricks can be discovered and used!
the intention is to completely paint it first
but it usually ends up a mishmash of finished areas next to white canvas parts
as the piece slowly comes together
Always leaving a place setting for chance
for new ideas in those white milky areas of opportunity
with just a few pencil lines to prevent
BUT i always get curious
How will this part look?
How can i buttress the lighting over here?
and i just....well......GO AWF!
As mentioned earlier....
Parts are closer to completion than others
Sort of a Tower of babel
Different areas Cultures of their own
with territories of their own
boundaries they must stay within...
Here's a good example of the stark whiteness next to a nearly finished area
The face was nicely rendered with washes of raw umber
some red from the cloak
and a tiny tiny bit of blue
'cause Dali says so!
and that boy could PAINT!
And if you haven't read his books
i recommend most
the Secret Life of Salvador Dali
50 Secrets of magic Craftsmanship
(where the term and concept of Sympathies and Antipathies is discussed
Objects and colors and textures and plants and ani,als
How some compliment each other
while others clash violently....
Which is a PERFECT analogy for the way i approach
styles and subject matter.
Some work well together
while other groupings come from completely different worlds.)
i also highly recommend
the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
it's illustrated by Dali,
but it's authentic old venice artisan timey
and Benvenuto is a capable writer and kind of
proud of himself and kind of daring and brash
So it's a fun read
if you're into that art-geek stuff!
Albinoni's Adagio in G minor for organ and strings...
This was the soundtrack for painting a LOT of this piece
Monday and Tuesday night
i hope some of the sadness
and longing for liberty seeps into it...
Here's a REAL BIG lookie see at his face
the camera AND the human eye-working together
the third eye
not of spiritual wisdom
but of INFORMATION driven wisdom...
Also,note the Super listening device in the ear....
Below is a view of the Mid-section
the MEAT of the piece...
Still undecided on how to fill the white areas
but inspiration always comes at the right moment....
Above you can see the police slowly forming
slowly getting built up....
Also,in the back
under the church
and a little further into the "guts of our dear Saint
there are some new structures
and even some fallen citizens in an alleyway!
Here's a little closer look at the Police on the bottom.
the great part about keeping parts of the painting untouched by paintpen
allowing for the texture and sloppiness of the painting to peek out.
the helmets are a prime example
little is needed for them to convey what they are....
it will achieve SEMI-realness in this style..
Also peep back into the background and take a gander
at them details i described earlier...
the fallen individuals are a bit clearer
Above shows us the two corner cops emerging from a fold
and also the WONDERFUL braiding
i will be giving this Saint's Cloak!
and a view of the left hand troops
as they also emerge from the dark recesses of the blood-colored sleeve..
On this sleeve the braiding isn't as developed...
Fourth? they all blur into one another...
Let's look closer!
Fleshing out the wall
and deepening and accenting the folds
keeping the lush texture of the fabric intact
a little more work developing the beard
remember that vertical flow thang mentioned about 10000 words ago?
well it's getting there now
You will notice later how the beard appears to spill downward faster
than the fabric,weight texture color all play a factor in that
but most of these mortals never notice,,,,
More work on the techno-halo as well
consisting of divine Eyes woven with microwave towers.
The upper shot also gives one a detail of the surveillance cams on the turrets....
and the illuminati pyramid angel wing gate opening...
Here's a detail showing the paintpen overlaying/enhancement.
Finally some penwork on the other hand
the facade of the church
the TRIM and BRAIDING!
if you read some of the older REBEL ANGEL blogs
we discussed a lil trick to promote distance in a subtle way
outline in black-closest to the viewer
outline in indigo-a little behind the black outlined objects
outline in Forest Green-even farther back
etc. etc. ad naseum
This closeup shows the above outlining theory put to semi-use.
and here's a lil tour outside the church
or is it?
i know most churches now have cel-towers
on their property
as do schools
etc ad naseum.
but jail bars on the windows?
The picture above also showcases that whole
leave an are free of paintpen and let the paint sing thru it
a closeup of the braiding for the eagle patch and eye-motifed trim...
an aerial view of the patio area.
Somebody shoul fence that perimeter
a closeup of the corner cops for your consumption....
AND NOW ONTO the PRESENT STAGE
Where i last left off
1am Monday morning
after a brilliant week of POWERIN it!
Sorry about the lighting
my studio has a few errant UFO-like shafts of light
from the upper vent area WAY UP high in the studio
sometimes it makes the studio look underwater
the stacatto of lightshafts would give Picachu epilepsy...
There's one captured on film...
elusive lil devils....
Beard is better
flames around halo-better
clouds more enhanced
turrets close to completion
and check out the nice Roman eagle atop our Saint's mitre.....
a little further down the painting
you will see i have created a Mechanical heart
to guard this doorway...
Here's some studies i assembled to make the final one you see....
The idea of displaying "heart"
especially in the political arena
seeems to defy logic in this day of lobbyists and agendas beyond our voices or ears.
Hence the melding of machinery with organic matter
that whole transhumanism movement to those of y'all hip to Dat!
Gold trim for the buildings
the riotous clash is popping to life
This is what i call the
where it begins to fall into place...
Also if you look way back in the background behind the cops
you will see some trash
because these scenes are never as sanitized as we would want them to
Here's a trash study to show you the lengths i go to
make this piece a DOOZY!
Also,some extensive reinforcement has been going on
with some barbed wire fencing added to the cloak.
the almost Completed church
and look! lady Liberty crops up
a sad reminder of a time long past,,,,
Here's a closeup of the techno halo upgrades
sice the last session.
Here's the mitre so far
still a lil raw...
a lil tiny bit of makeup....
Here's a closeup of the turrets
Notice the white outline
a lil trick to help certain elements POP out from other
usually more distant ones......
a sniper in the tower
and a spotlight post slowly
sinking intot the folds...
a closer peek at the gate construction...
More OOMPH added....
Here you can see the beginnings of both the trash and the fallen alley folks...
in case you didn't notice
those are medievel torture instruments....
some areas still lay bare
after all the bustle around it!
Here's a much better view of the heart...
Here we pan back a little just to assemble all those nifty details....
And here we have a strange little vent/pipe shoulder attachment....
and i do believe that
1)you are up to date with this piece
2) i am tired and should get some shuteye before work.
Adios dear friends
and thanks for the visit!
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