While working in a lumber yard I was always fascinated by the beautiful abstract looking forms and patterns in the grain of plywood. Even the seemingly “ugly” sheets of plywood with knots, cracks and other imperfections are still beautiful. Much like us, each piece of wood is different. Every living tree it came from had a life and it obtains a new life when it becomes plywood. It made good sense as an artist to give a new life to the plywood. It was already beautiful to me and I wanted to make it even more so.
Dark Blue Void: 12×13 Acrylic on Plywood
I started to think about how we can see beauty in the most mundane objects we come into contact with every day. Adding different colors to the existing patterns in the wood along with accentuating certain flaws like knots and cracks, it felt like a healing process as though the forms and colors were sending out healing energy to the universe.
Blue Hook: 12×13 Acrylic on Plywood
The paintings should stimulate our willingness to USE our ability to see the beauty in everything. That’s the reason I felt the need to share them with the world. In this painting I simply called it “Blue Hook” but a lot of people have told me they see a letter “C” as well. The right side also has a deep crack in the first layer of ply where a good amount of dark blue was placed. The complementary colors are intended to create a push and pull in the composition as if something is being pulled by a hook.
Friendly Three-Eyed Monster: 18×24 Acrylic on Plywood
This painting was originally planned to be a little simpler with a more limited pallet but it felt like it needed more. I saw the face in there even before starting to paint. Its a friendly three-eyed monster the way I look at it but some people even saw “Admiral Ackbar” the Star Wars character.
Meet “Randy” everybody! Unlike some of the other painting in the series this one did not turn out the way it was planned. It changed along the way through the experimentation process. At this point in the series Randy came along early in the process. I just happened to see the name floating in the grain of the wood as well as different possibilities for faces hiding in there.
Green Shoulders: 12×13 Acrylic on Plywood
The title simply implies what it looks like to the artist in this case. There was no need to overdo it on these paintings because keeping them simple allows the beauty of the grain in the wood to do it’s thing… to intrigue the viewer. Too much paint would kill it.