Sunday, August 28, 2016
Everything Happens in Florida
This piece certainly took a detour from the idea I had originally conceived.
In the beginning, the idea was that this would be another addition to my Tallahassee collection, inspired by the Mountain Goats album of the same name. I had become fixated on a line from Southwood Plantation Road:
"Where at night, the stars flow like milk across the sky"
I wanted to show a towering, dilapidated house angled against a star-filled sky. Alas, my abilities with perspective still need work, as does my spattering techniques.
I ended up sitting on this for a while, since while I liked the house, the surrounding canvas was pretty boring and the tree in the background looked pretty stupid.
A few months later, I'm working on another piece that required working in small steps, and I'm feeling kind of silly, so I decided that what this piece needed was a giant, purple alien-squid thing, descending upon the house.
I think it works.
I called it "Everything Happens in Florida" as a ode to the original concept, and because, well.. Florida is a weird place.