Your own photographs are a treasure trove of images for color inspiration. Often it’s subject matter you’re drawn to (like my daughter Lucy’s hair flying) but often it’s color. The way the colors are perceived next to each other, the saturation & depth can create unexpected combinations that work beautifully in a lot of different applications—interior design, fashion, make-up and graphic design. I wanted to show how full saturation of the colors can look pretty intense—however, move a few steps up the color sample and unlikely colors can really work together. I had my living room painted a few years ago and it was sooooo wrong—it made me sick to my stomach. Often with color it’s a process of elimination which is a pain, but when we get it right. We know it’s right.
I found these brand new boots for 10 bucks. I had an hour before a meeting and although I liked the shape of the boots they were too shiny and new (I just hate things to look new). So, I took them to my studio and started mucking them up. Here are the results.
This is a painting I was commissioned to do for a new workout space in Burlington, Vermont. I wanted to illustrate my process especially how different the piece looks at each stage. I layer colors to get the desired effect and then sand and paint and sand again until I get the look I want. I wanted this piece to look like an old sign found under the stairs in a beach cottage—a relic from a hippie summer long ago.
My work has always been about removal and revealing what lies beneath. I am forced to think a few steps down the road with this process. I think it keeps me sharp (at least sharper than I would’ve been anyway). It’s a very time-consuming way to work, but utterly thrilling when my instinct about the layers turns out as I had hoped.
I will post a picture of it in the space when they get it installed.