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From the Negatives: Exploring where you have been long after you’ve gone

From the Negatives is a series of paintings based on photographs that my late father took. Most were taken between 1978-1985. Some were found as 35mm slides, others as 35mm negatives.


 Photography by Robert McKinney, June 2007, Monterey Bay California

Photography by Robert McKinney, June 2007, Monterey Bay California

 Lone Cyprus, Oil on Canvas, 30x48inches, October 2018

Lone Cyprus, Oil on Canvas, 30x48inches, October 2018

 Study, 8x10 inches, Pen

Study, 8x10 inches, Pen

The first in the series:

Lone Cypress, Oil paint, Oct 2018, 30 x 48 Inches

In 2007, myself and my parents did one of our ‘baseball trips’, meaning the schedule of the vaca was based on seeing a couple of games, we spent a week in California - started in Oakland, then spent a few days in SF. Then took a day to drive from SF to LA - on the way down Route 1 we went through Monterey Bay - which is where you can see the Lone Cyprus Tree.

This Painting - Completed in October of 2018 - was significant in 2 ways, its the first in the series, thus a particular kind of artists proof value. But, in one of it’s studies I was able to finally test my theory on the ability to Oil paint over watercolors. And now the layered meanings also are represented in the layered materiality of my larger works.

 Process Photo

Process Photo

 Detail of Final

Detail of Final

 Detail of Final

Detail of Final

 Study, 8x10 inches, Pen wash.

Study, 8x10 inches, Pen wash.

 Study, 8x10 inches, Conte Crayon

Study, 8x10 inches, Conte Crayon

 Study, 8x10 inches, Marker

Study, 8x10 inches, Marker

 Study, 8x10 inches, Watercolor Sketch

Study, 8x10 inches, Watercolor Sketch

 Study, 8x10 inches, Greyscale Marker

Study, 8x10 inches, Greyscale Marker

 Oil Painting Sketch on 12inx6in Gold Acrylic Painted Panel

Oil Painting Sketch on 12inx6in Gold Acrylic Painted Panel

 Oil Painting Sketch on 6x8 inch Acrylic Primed Canvas

Oil Painting Sketch on 6x8 inch Acrylic Primed Canvas

 Oil Painting Sketch on 6x6 inch Acrylic Primed Canvas

Oil Painting Sketch on 6x6 inch Acrylic Primed Canvas


002: Fireboat and the Walt Witman

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My best guess at when my father took this is 1977 - considering thats what the faded yellow envelope said. With this piece I was able to further study the material implications of using watercolor ground and watercolor before oils. I was also studying the way the watercolor ground would change texture from canvas or panels and how the paint reacted accordingly.

 Oil on 6x8 in Watercolor Ground, Canvas

Oil on 6x8 in Watercolor Ground, Canvas

 Oil on 6x12inch Watercolor grounded panel

Oil on 6x12inch Watercolor grounded panel

 Oil on 8x10 in Watercolor Ground, Canvas

Oil on 8x10 in Watercolor Ground, Canvas


Paintings in Development

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