If you were anywhere near social media earlier this month, you noticed that the world lost an important artist on January 11th. I mean, David Bowie just always was, you know? There have been plenty of essays and comments on the importance of his work, so I won't even try to put my thoughts out into the world.
I decided, however, to paint something in his honor. Usually, my paintings start out with a simple plan. I knew I wanted to include his profile from the Low album, a halo, and a space-y background. I re-purposed a large canvas in my studio and got to work.
The first day's work, about two hours in. The circle is bronze acrylic paint and the rest is in oil.
I let the first layer dry and went over it again to work out the space design.
For me, one of the fun things about working in oil is that the medium forces you to take your time. I like to work in layers so I have to set it aside for a few days. This allows me to think about what I want to do next.
And I covered the bronze acrylic paint with a lighter copper paint.
And have I mentioned that I don't really paint people? Flesh tones scare the mess out of me. So after a few YouTube tutorials, I decided I was ready to try.
And it worked out nicely. Whoops, there's a studio beer in the shot!
Detail shot: A close-up of the face.
A close-up of the space and the halo.
"The Serious Moonlight"
24 inches wide x 36 inches tall
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
I'm really thinking about getting prints of this made. What do you think?