Renovation

Renovation

Here is my favorite small scale pipe painting. For this size, I believe it is my most successful. In the past, I had included flat two dimensional images of pipes on the wooden support structures and tried to make them mesh with the three dimensional, real ones. This time I decided to do away with that problem altogether and make it more about the sculpture and less about the painting. I even provided less flat structural space for painting and increased the percentage of real pipe work. Other than that, the basics are all pretty much the same. I was able to refine my techniques to make them much better though. The wooden support structure is made much lighter by using thinner wood by letting the pipes provide much of the stability instead. You can also probably tell that the paint work is much subtler and more thought out in this piece than my older ones like Neo-Foliage or Radioactive Jungle. I made better use of warm and cool color work to push and pull the eye into the shadows and out to the highlights. This piece, very effectively, makes the viewer feel it is deeper than it actually is.

Renovation (detail)

Renovation made it into the 2007 West Virginia Juried Exhibition that was held in Parkersburg, West Virginia. It was the second time I had made it into this recurring show and it was also the second time I sold a piece that made it in. The person that bought it owns a local construction company and purchased it for his office. I don’t really think he saw it in the same light as I do, but that is one of the neat things about art. The artist can have one intention for it while other people can interpret it in a completely different way, applying it to their own life experience. This has happened to me several times now and at first I had a hard time accepting it, but I have come to realize that it is a blessing to have work that can conform differently to different types of people.