King Kong – 14”x18” – acrylic on canvas. I bought this 3” King Kong souvenir years ago, outside Penn Station for way too much money. There’s a perfect level of kitschiness to it that’s always resonated with me.
Two weeks ago, after having finished the painting Smashed Cars, I decided to loosen things up and paint a painting in a single day instead of the usual few weeks.
I went almost the whole month of April without painting, and it was tough. Sometime in March my youngest son and his friend thought it would be fun to smash up a bunch of Hot Wheels cars and create stories for what happened to each car. I did this exact thing with my own cars and other toys when I was a kid. I still regret the destruction of a good amount of Transformers that I’d love to have back.
When they were finished I dumped the car carcasses in the kitchen sink and arranged them until I found a layout I liked. This is how this painting came to be.
Here is the time lapse video of the painting process.
On Monday May 6, I was at the Ludlow Country Club for the Silent No More Auction held by the Zonta Club of Quabog Valley. A framed giclee print of my painting, Truck with Insulation, sold at auction, along with a lot of other good stuff.
I had a great day displaying my work for Belchertow Art Week at the Belchertown United Church of Christ. It was wonderful to meet and talk to so many people about painting, art, the town, and life.
Last Stand -Time Lapse, acrylic on canvas 11”x14” – I only filmed the first couple of days. The details take so long and change things so gradually that even time lapse videos are too long to watch.
It took around 36 hours over about a month to complete. The first part of the video only covers the first week. At the end each frame of video is one still photo from the end of a session.