The Artist JFeelgood Presents:
I defined constraints of:
-Using black to simple sketch
-Using only two colors per piece
-Using the absence of color to emphasize the subject more boldly
These paintings were made in collaboration with @cyclop_toad (Improv experimental electro musician, Austin TX) through the process of 'paintjam' where music is performed live as I am painting and our two creative efforts feed one another in a conversation of mediums. What appeared on each piece came to me only when the brush was first picked up, seconds before each new painting began. This series was completed in one hour.
This series stands apart from most works I have done in the last 18 years of painting. It may have been the first time I really set out to challenge myself with intentional constraints rather than environmental constraints I may have found myself in prior, not just in material use but in execution: Say more with less. I found the challenge to be an exciting conduit for deep thoughts, not all but a few, which I hold close to heart. The result was a poignant reminder to me that powerful messages need very little to convey their strength.
Below are the four paintings of the ASCENSION Fine Art Series, created in late 2020 and shown to the public for the first time in 2021.
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The Artist JFeelgood Presents:
Through various interactions with people, I am witness to my character through both my reaction/response to our social experience together as well as theirs. A growing humility surfaced in much of my doings. Every time the humility washed over me, I noticed my mind cross-referencing experiences in my past, attempting to pair actions to potential traumas so I might identify triggers in my present. Does the caterpillar dream to be the butterfly? Does the butterfly remember the life of the caterpillar? I know that the life I led was exhaustive and often unfulfilling. I wanted accountability for that. I wanted to own the responsibility for that. I wanted to know why I was making the choices I was making, so I could more carefully craft a new life. I am still in that process.
Ego is the foundation and culprit for much of my behavior, for better or for worse. I don't like that, I certainly don't love that, but that's why this study is being done. This collection of paintings is an acknowledgement of aspects of my ego which I am aware of and patiently assessing. Much like painting is an artful process, so is the life experience... I welcome the challenge.
Below, are eight of ten in the 'Self Work' Fine Art Series, nine and ten remain undone because self work is never finished.
Each piece is made with a simple sketch style painting on canvas, paired with and mounted on a painted stretched-canvas frame or wood-panel frame. Finishing touches are a multi-day process of epoxy resin pouring, sanding, then a second coat.
30"w x 40"H x 2"D (Acrylic on canvas, wood panel, epoxy resin)
In the shadows or in the spotlight. The monster thrives on fear and will put me in positions that make me afraid and vulnerable.
With patience, I face my fears as they present themselves.
Vulnerability is the precursor to authenticity. I grow bigger than my fears because I have them.
What feeds the monster, feeds me.
40"w x 30"H x 2"D (Acrylic on canvas, epoxy resin)
Brilliant and mighty power. Sometimes, I seek it from others long before I consider it coming from myself.
The burden of permission is great. Once I permit myself, I am then indebted to that permission.
Without discipline, it is nearly impossible to return to the respect for the weight of what has been permitted.
Familiarity is the greatest weakness of the evolving spirit and I long for it in all of my endeavors. Even in the unknown I find a familiar solace, a mirror of my imagination.
Am I mindful of what my actions are that people consider permission in their lives?
Am I mindful of the permissions I grant myself?
Connect with me & Express yourself...
-This series moved you..
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-The path of Self Work resonates with you..
-You can relate with your own personal experiences..
Here your thoughts are very welcome to be heard and received.
Thank you for being a very important part of this experience through contributing your feelings, thoughts, and ideas.
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