The idea for this surrealist painting came from out of the blue

A spiral staircase rises out of the ocean with a woman in a long, red dress standing atop it.

“Out Of The Blue” – 30″ x 40″, acrylic on canvas                           A spiral staircase rises out of the ocean with a woman in a long, red dress standing atop it.

 

 

Generally, right about the time I’m finishing up a painting, my mind begins to churn over the basic question, “What will I paint next?”

For artists who paint abstract images or focus on landscapes or portraits, perhaps the answer to that question isn’t quite as wide-ranging compared to what I choose to do.

For me, you have to have an idea in mind before you begin the painting process. And that idea might lead me anywhere.

Sometimes, different visuals will pop into my head. They’re totally random thoughts but if I find myself going back to the same one, I generally pursue it.

So for some odd reason, I had a spiral staircase in my head. I had done a painting before featuring a spiral staircase and I didn’t want to repeat myself.

Yet the image persisted.

So I looked for some spiral staircase reference material and came across a rather unique looking one where the steps appear to be free-floating, anchored down by three different beams at the top, middle and bottom of the staircase.

I liked it. But then, what to do with it? In the previous painting involving a spiral staircase, it rose out of the clouds and there on top of it was the man in the bowler hat.

I knew that wasn’t a solution. So then I thought, what if it rises out of the water in the middle of nowhere?

I sketched it out and liked the starkness of the image. So I committed to the concept and sketched it out on the canvas. And with this painting, I decided a woman should be standing at the top, looking out on the horizon. And why not have her in a long, red dress, just to add a little drama to the scenario?

It wasn’t much of a sketch. Just the staircase, the woman and the shape of a few puffy clouds.

I started in on the sky and as I was creating it, I really liked its blueness, knowing that there would be even more blue to come with the sea. When it came time for the ocean, it was done in different shades of blue, using five different blues overall.

All that blue was overwhelming. Which is when the title for the painting came to me, “Out Of The Blue”.

The spiral staircase rises up from out of the blue.

The woman is standing atop it, seemingly from out of the blue.

It’s a very simplistic, yet powerful visual.

Perhaps, in this, ‘Year of the Woman’, it represents women’s ability to rise up, seemingly from out of nowhere. Maybe she’s waiting for her ship to come in. Or maybe it’s a melancholy look at singularity.

Its beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Any publicity is good publicity

'Key To Success', one of my recent paintings, graces the cover of the September 2019 issue of Gesso Magazine.

‘Key To Success’, one of my recent paintings, graces the cover of the September 2019 issue of Gesso Magazine.

I was surprised last week when I found out that one of my recent paintings made the cover of Gesso Magazine, a monthly publication that covers the arts scene on both sides of the river here in the metro St. Louis area. (https://issuu.com/gessomagazine/docs/september_2019)

I had been in contact with them regarding some of my recent works and knew they were interested – but had no idea that my work would not only grace the cover of their September issue but that they’d also give me a full page on the inside showcasing more of my work (page 35 if you’re interested).

Awesome news.

With virtually no results. I featured the cover on my Facebook page, on twitter and Instagram. Yawn.

Instagram seemed to have the most reactions – but that’s still fewer than 100 likes. And as for sales?

Well, not yet.

It’s been a great year for generating awareness. In addition to this recent cover, I had my solo show that was up for a month at the Renaissance Airport Hotel. My art was noticed by Art Sleuth, an online art gallery out of Hong Kong that wanted me to join their lineup of artists and they’re doing a direct mail piece that goes out next week promoting my art. I was approached by another online art gallery called Turning Art that sells prints and they asked that I join their roster as well. Eleven of my works are featured on Artfully Walls, another online service that sells prints. They’re supposed to be featuring my work in a promo in the next month or so.

30,000 views of my artwork on my pixels website. Almost 1200 followers on Instagram.

In a sea of millions of artists, I am only one. To rise above, you have to be seen and noted.

I’m working on it.

And in the meantime, I’ll just keep trying to get better as a painter.

In addition to creating advertising and marketing communications by day, I also paint by night. I’ve had a number of solo art shows, and my work is attracting worldwide attention via my pixels website and also on art sleuth.

If you’re interested in seeing more of my work and potentially buying a print or two or would like to buy my artwork on a variety of items like iPhone covers, pillow throws, tote bags, greeting cards, coffee cups, shower curtains and a wide variety of other items please visit my pixels website via the link above. I also invite you to follow me on Instagram to see work in progress from start to finish!