This is the painting from my second youtube video, "Center of the Storm". Like the first, this was shot in one day, approximately 4-5 hours. The video is 2 minutes long.
I plan to do at least one more of these this year, perhaps more. It's a lot of fun to do, very improvisational. There is a bit of a time crunch, seeing as how our entire home is turned upside down while filming, so we want to finish. So I just don't have time to get an artist's block, I have to move ahead. What is cut out of the video: me standing in front of the painting scratching my head. Also, many scenes with a hair dryer aimed at the paint. Some swearing.
I paint my paintings flat on a wall. Every time Noel and I have moved into a new home, he's built me a new painting wall. Because I pin my vinyl to the wall to paint on it, I can really destroy a wall, stat. So we put drywall over the existing wall, and remove it when we move. I don't even own an easel anymore, I never used the one I had except to display paintings.
I am mentioning this because today is the day I've filled in the little holes and repainted my wall. So exciting I know, but I just couldn't paint new work on the old bumpy wall. I tried, but all the old energy from last year was too much. It's beautiful now, my painting wall. Ready for me to mark it with measurements, outlines, notes, and finally, paint. I always love how it looks after being worked on for a while, all the colorful edges.
Years ago I worked in a college bookstore near Loyola University on the North side of Chicago. I was an art student at the time, and collected all kinds of objects and just plain crap. I fell in love with the white file cards near the colored marker display. People would test out the markers on those cards, and they would turn into little beautiful abstract paintings. I collected them up and saved them for years. I got rid of them in some New Year's purge years ago, I'm sure. But I know they influenced me when I became an abstract artist. My very first abstract painting was made like this. I hung a sheet of vinyl, and while I was working on other paintings, I used the colors I was already working with on this piece. Very randomly, playfully, no pre thought out ideas. I just wanted to see what would happen. I'll show that painting tomorrow.
"Center of the Storm" 2007 30"x40" acrylic on vinyl available at kriscahill.com