June 16, 2016

Dead Is The New Sexy – Part 2

If you haven’t seen part 1 of this painting, you need to go here.


With this piece I went off in new ways and struggled with doing new things. I wanted to push my art further into the impressionist style. It’s hard transitioning to a new style but also so worth it. If you’ve followed my art for any length of time, you can see that paintings change from one month to the next. It’s incredible to be a part of that journey.


At the point above, I could have ended the painting right there. It was fine. But not where I wanted it to be. I wanted depth and more colour transitions. Light and dark. A whole lot going on that just wasn’t.


So I took a terrifying step. Okay, so no one’s life is in jeopardy when taking those steps, but moving from good painting to trying something new and potentially fucking it all up is still in the realm of discomfort.

If you create, you get this feeling. If you don’t, think about it like this: a painting is a journey and an expression of deep feelings. For me, I nurture and love my paintings even at their most frustrating stages. And when the situation demands me try something new? And maybe that new could ruin or mar the journey? I tend to go for it, with heart in hand. Just because something is uncomfortable doesn’t make it something to avoid. At least in this context.


And so teal hit orange. And purple went on green. And yellow was everywhere. And more. And more. Until the end.

It was zen. It was delicious. And I kept painting past the point where I would normally stop.

And it was so damn worth it.


“Dead Is The New Sexy”

24″ x 12″

Acrylic on stretched canvas.