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Friday, April 18

Entanglement

It's time for the Elmhurst Artist Guild's Spring show. With Spring I'm thinking very green - but still wanted to do something with a mildly dark twist. My latest piece is called "Entanglement", featuring an unfortunate diver who at some point got a bit too close to a grabby octopus. 


Entanglement
acrylic on canvas
10" x 30"

Here is a bit of my process leading up to this painting. I've been doing a lot of thumbnail sketching lately on my iPad and I really like how I can do quick compositions on the go with color. 


When I first had the idea of a recently deceased diver, I sketched him out as a loose marionette that was being manipulated by some playful eels. I drew it up, but I was unhappy with how cramped everything felt. A little too boxed in and I was struggling with where to actually place the eels. 

The next study I did was actually drawn with my finger on my iPhone as I was in a waiting room. I tried a different composition that told a bit more of a story - with the eels seen wrapped around the diver's breathing tube that lead down to the tragedy at the bottom. I felt like I had something here, but I just wasn't happy with the limitations of the eel shapes. The floating diver, with his body hunched over, was a bit more of a downer that I intended. 

For the final composition, I went back to the iPad and drew up a similar idea but just changed the creature species. The octopus seemed like a natural choice for more interesting shapes, providing offset snaking with the multiple arms and bulbous head. I pretty much transferred that design verbatim to the canvas and painted from there.

The Spring members show will be on display until May 23rd at the Elmhurst Art Museum. 

1 comment:

Mark said...

Very nice story of the evolution of the final image. Good choices to change along the way. Your final result is definitely the best.