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.
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.
002: Fireboat and the Walt Witman
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.