Okay, what does this "Banana Boat" song title have to do with this post?
I worked, played, most of last night, and this morning on these three works. Our fellow art blogger and wonderful artist, Celeste Bergin, suggested that I get a post out soon. So here we go Celeste!
My painting process at times seems odd to me but it is mine. I love not to "work" at my art! I get an idea, in this case to paint an East Boston street corner, and keep my plans very vague. I keep my plan vague so as to be open to any idea the comes along! Most of my work has to have an emotional tie. This particular corner is where my teenage friends and I spent many a night and day "hanging out!" (Also a great place to get Donuts after Mass at the church next door!) Then I find a reference photo, canvas, create my color palette, and then paint! Paint, wipe off, scrape, paint more,step back, use brush, stick, any utensil that enters my little brain, and so much more and keep going. I don't "labor" per se on a work. I really believe, in my case, the painting and my immediate actions are dictated not always by me! For me "the magic" happens when I least expect it! Anyway, one of the reasons I mention all this is to help myself understand and anyone else why I probably could never have a deadline. Probably not do too well with commissioned work. So much more to write but enough said. Oh, maybe not! I am painting the same scene on three different canvases. This way I get more urges to do more things. Be more creative.
So, my art buddy Celeste, let's see if anyone of these creatures is finished by this evening!
All acrylic on 20" x 24" canvas!
Wish me luck!
"Delmas Corner, Corner Of Maverick and London Streets, East Boston, MA, USA"