107: works in progress

In the spring of 2007, I started a series of paintings inspired by my childhood. I went back to work on them a month ago ( or so ) and boy, are they changing!

Here is a detail of one: 

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These two new elements are popping up: the cloud like puffy areas and the circles.

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This started off mostly in the style of that green area above.

I am in constant experiment-mode.
I paint so differently now. I used to have a pretty recognizable and consistent style. Almost ten  years ago I decided to intentionally learn to work in new ways and leave my trusty, comfortable old style behind. Although it was  an identity crisis of sorts, it has really helped me grow into developing different styles and abilities. The downside of the upside is that it kind of holds me back from pursuing  illustration  or showing in galleries since everyone always says the first thing they look for is a consistent recognizable style and I am still deeply in experiment-mode! You'll see, as I show more artwork. It looks like it was all done by different people! Sometimes I'll do a series and I'll work on all of the pieces at the same time ( that's just how I like to work) which results in a certain  cohesiveness.But work done at different times, even only a week apart, will likely have a marked change in feel and technique. I suppose I could keep painting one of these styles, but I really love the constant growth of my style. I am trusting that eventually it will all gel into just the right look that combines all of it. I don't worry about it. I just sit down and see what appears on the canvas.

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I could work on this in a couple of weeks and it may end up looking totally different. I think I took a picture of this before I worked on it recently. I'll have to see if I can find it to show you. (If I do, I'll update this post. )There used to be a van on the right where those circles are now.

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Here is another from the same series. I did start to rework it, but not to the extent of the one above.

Some detail shots:  

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Sorry for the blur.

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Just so we're clear, these are works in progress! I am not exactly in love with what they look like right now, but I like where they are headed. Ok?

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Hey, Krit, you recognize any of this? My sister Krissi reads the  blog. When I talk with her on the phone, if it has been more than a few days since my last post, she harasses me. I love it. I sound like I am being sarcastic, but I am totally serious.