My Painting was Drab and Dark, So I Did Something About It

June 15th, 2016

My Drab Wall of Paintings at Erabellum for the January 2016 Art Crawl Back in January 2016, I participated in the First Saturday Art Crawl by hanging some work in Erabellum Gallery in the Arcade. When I saw all my work together on the wall, I was stunned at how dark everything was.

This was about the time I resolved to get more color and life into my work.

By the time the April 2016 Art Crawl rolled around, I had my chance to show some new pieces I had created that were colorful and broke away from the “dark horizons” I had been doing the past couple of years. I don’t know if I just get bored easily, but I do think it was time to experiment with color again.

I had to carve out some time to get in the studio and explore some new ideas to supplement last year’s work. I was pretty happy with the result. You can see how it looked on the wall here.

New work up at @erabellum in the arcade! Come say hey if you’re at the #FirstSaturdayArtCrawl

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"Pressure" acrylic on canvas. 20 x 20 inches. 2016

Pressure, 2016. acrylic on canvas, 20x20 inches

"Bend" acrylic on canvas. 14 x 11 inches. 2016

Bend, 2016. acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11 inches

"Scattered" acrylic on canvas. 16 x 20 inches. 2016

Scattered, 2016. acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

I wound up donating two of these to the Music City Derby Day silent auction.

As of right now I’m planning on participating in the August Art Crawl. I’d love to participate in the July Art Crawl, but don’t have the time or the space to work on the pieces I have in mind to have new work ready in time, so I’m shooting for August. I have some ideas I can’t wait to try out. I’m thinking even larger next time, with a more cohesive set of works.