In February 2014, my painting "Psyche" (above) was hung at the VAE Art Gallery in downtown Raleigh, NC.
Every year, when I was little, we'd go to Emerald Isle and stay at a place called "Upstairs, Downstairs" (at least, that's what we called it, because the living room was upstairs and the bedrooms were downstairs). Emerald Isle is a south-facing island, which makes it a rare gem for sunsets and sunrises right on the water. Each morning, I'd wake up extra early, to watch the sunrise over the water from the balcony, and each night I'd leave the sliding door to my bedroom open so I could hear the waves.
For years, I watched my Dad add sand to his paintings, and shells, and sea oats. He loves a sense of texture in painting, and always taught me that paintings are meant to be touched---even famous ones (but that story is for a different post).
Since I work in a largely digital space, I wanted to find a way to paint with the ocean, and in a way that involved actually being there. So I had this idea to paint on a canvas, and then hold it under the splash of a wave at the ocean. On the day that "Psyche" was made, the water was pretty freezing (and, of course, I was barefoot), but I've never felt more connected to a canvas. The following is an illustrated behind-the-scenes insight into the creation of my first work in what I hope will grow into a series, Painting with the Ocean.
How "Psyche" (the painting portion) was Created:
I drove down to Topsail Island, NC, with my little Prius filled with paints, canvases and lunch. This was the first time I'd ever endeavored to "paint with the ocean" so I had no idea how it would go. That said, here's the journey I took that day, working backwards towards a blank canvas.
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