This year has been a slow start in the ways of creating art. Mostly because, as some of you may know, my family and I recently purchased a home which I've been renovating. That, as well as doing a lot of thinking about my life with art in general: where it came from and where does it go from here? In these past few weeks I've reflected on my earlier work. There are a lot of elements in those older images that I got away from and didn't realize how much I missed. Typography has been something I've enjoyed from a young age. That and geometry; not the math end, but the arranging of shapes and parts that come together to make a whole. I used to do quite a bit of that, from filling a piece with letters to making a painting that almost worked as a puzzle. Somewhere along the way those things slowly vanished. For the most part it was because I started to tell a different story, one that was somewhat darker and didn't seem to need those elements. I've always done my best to grow as an artist and let the art go where it wants. Right now it is calling to revert to a time in the past, to a moment that wasn't so dark and to move forward with that lighter tone in mind. So if you notice the shift in mood, you know where it comes from.
With that said, I have some new paintings with this all in mind. It's a little series I'm calling Three Letter Words. The idea is fairly simple, to envision a complex image for a small word. In this group I focused on five words (dud, ask, fox, car and key) to create five 8" x 8" paintings. Though these images are still a bit different from those in the past they do bring a flashback of positive notes. I am looking forward to creating larger and more complex pieces with these same feelings in mind in the coming weeks. In the meantime I will have these five new paintings available in my shop this Thursday, April 7th at 3pm (US Central Time). Along with the original paintings I will have prints available, each an 8" x 8" with an inch border, signed and numbered in an edition of 50. Each print will be $25 or $100 for the set of five, plus shipping costs.