December 18, 2014 by smithartonline
I find Leviathan seems a popular theme for me lately – at least I created a leviathan titled piece earlier, this is the second. I guess two makes a series.
Years ago (like 30 or more) I went through a phase of tossing various shapes on a paper support and then airbrushing around the resulting forms, come what may. In this case I did use a similar approach but with some significant hands on control to an extent. It really does verge upon a stream of consciousness philosophy (admittedly, in my case, a somewhat polluted stream of consciousness).
I was not overly excited about the direction things were going. Composition wise it was just too out of whack for my tastes. So…I began changing areas to give a more unified visual result, anchoring the piece with the two whale forms and the sailboat, then the lattice areas at the edges. I have always been an insufferable micro- manager…even extending it to art making.
The final piece is umm, fair. I need to live with it for a time before I can gauge the success or failure. I find it necessary to occasionally put works away for a few months and return to it with new eyes and less emotional investment in the painting.