A friend and colleague from the U.S. suggested that I might be entering the "inanimate object" phase of my painting journey. He made the comment after seeing the recent study I did of a champagne bottle. What he couldn't possibly know is that I was practicing for a live painting gig that I have coming up tonight at Cavern in Edmonton. A company called Charton-Hobbs Inc. is launching a new product, and I am going to apply my style to their product.
I've been intrigued for some time in the idea of treating buildings or objects in the same way that I do human or animal subjects. What are the qualities that give an inanimate object its uniqueness? Shape, line, contrast, light and myriad small details combine to reveal its personality. At least, that's the theory.
While in Calgary, we did a little workshop using a regular rundown farm house as a subject. The results from the three artists was fascinating. Each expressed the same structure, but in a completely different voice.