Friday, July 22, 2016

Modern Day Behemoth

This piece was a royal pain in the ass.

Acrylic on 11x14 canvas
The gentleman friend does a lot of work out in Western Ontario. Occasionally I will drive out to where he works and find myself awed (and a little disturbed, granted) by the fields of wind turbines that have sprung up, hundreds of meters above the tree line.

The original concept for this painting was a field of turbines, towering over the trees, fields, and farmhouses.

And I Just. Couldn't. Get. It. Right.

I must have scrubbed, and repainted, and regretted, and swore, I don't know how many times. Finally I decided to go in an entirely different direction and focus on a single turbine against the sky.

At first, I didn't like the end result, but I guess it has kind of grown on me. I still have problems with perspective, as you can see, but I like the slightly cartoonish quality to the piece.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Gus, The Polar Bear From Central Park

I'm going a little out of sequence, as I have a couple other pieces I finished before this one.

However, this one is kind of special as it parks one of the few times that I've had an idea in my head that came out pretty much how I envisioned it.

Acrylic on 5x7 wood
For the last week, I've had the Tragically Hip's "Gus, the Polar Bear from Central Park" in my head, which is a song about a depressed polar bear in the Central Park Zoo.

I'll be totally honest. I've never been to the Central Park Zoo, or even New York for that matter, and my vision of Gus in his pen is pretty much informed by snippets that I remember of the movie Madagascar.  Hence, the brick walls and wrought iron fencing.

I've not painted a lot of animals so I made use of some reference photos just to make sure my bear looked like, well, a bear.

But overall, the image I got was the one I saw in my head all last week as I was humming this song to myself.  So I am happy.