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Progress from the Redmond Studio

June 8, 2011

After two shows of small paintings, it’s nice to get back down to Redmond and work on some large scale works. Here’s an update on how things are going in the Redmond studio:

Here’s a sketch for a new piece entitled Breath of Life. The inspiration from this composition comes from an abstract piece I own, by Maloy Barretto (image to come soon, I hope), as well as by Michelangelo's Creation from the Sistine Chapel. The Barretto painting is an abstract piece that mimics the salty sand pools in the bottom of a bucket. I wanted to incorporate some of those textures into this painting, to depict Adam being created from the dust. I also wanted to depict God as both a Father and a Mother floating in the air above Adam.

I threw dirt and rocks into thick pools of gesso and let it run down the canvas. Oh so fun! The gesso encapsulated the dirt particles and dried beautifully on the canvas. You can’t see it well in this photo, but the gesso wrapped around the dirt and created amazing droopy, gritty textures.

This photo shows the first layer of paint, gesso, and dirt, as well as the scale of the piece. And below you can see the composition roughed in, albeit clumsily. The drawing will be refined as the painting progresses.

The next series of photos shows the beginning of a plaster sculpture, intended for the Windows to the Divine exhibit this November in Denver. My idea is to wrap plaster angels around this base, in a kind of relief sculptural way.

You can see I had some good help creating the framework for the sculpture.

And last but not least, the studio itself is making slow progress. I’ve been collecting sinks, a tub, and everything that involves plumbing. Hopefully we’ll be able to get all the plumbing done before too long. (And I’ll be able to take a shower–won’t that be nice:)?)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Janet Duffin Winn permalink
    June 8, 2011 4:46 pm

    Kirk,
    I love the colors, the flowing background and God represented as Mother and Father. I love how you share the process of creation. I can’t wait to see Windows to the Divine, can’t wait!

  2. June 18, 2011 2:24 pm

    I love seeing the environment of an artist and how they create their masterpieces. Thank you for sharing your Art World! How fun!

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