Metamorphosis ~ Transmogrification !!
bas-relief painting – synthetic polymer paint on baltic birch plywood
22″ x 60″
This was a big success of an artwork for me 🙂 It sold out of Goldesberry Gallery in Houston in 1998 for $3200. The price tag was $4000 but the buyers asked if I would go down to $3200. I didn’t really want to drop it. But I hadn’t been selling much in the Goldesberry, but even with the 50/50 gallery split I would be netting more than a month’s take home from my safety coordinator job at TTU School of Arrrrt. Couldn’t tell them no!!
Yes, I’m spin-splaining this a tiny bit. I wanted to sell it but I had my usual conflicting emotions about the sale (about 38% level – so, not too bad for me). It always feels like I’m selling a car when the buyer wants to deal. I’m not quite financially independent from my art! YO! someday, someway…
So… It was the last piece they ever sold for me at the Goldesberry, and soon after, I met Dawn & Chris Wolf-Taylor. They loved a big piece, “Ex-Nihilo et al” (I changed the name for them & other normal people to: “Creation Once Removed” and I made a deal with them to drive down to Houston to pick up all my art from Goldesberry and pay me some sick dough (see, when I use slang of today, it just doesn’t translate 😦 ) for the piece. It was a groovy deal (dead slang is also a no-go!) for me and them, too.
Still, Goldesberry did sell several pieces of my work during my tenure in their gallery. Unfortunately, I didn’t try too hard to cooperate, really. Oliver Goldesberry said I needed to make much smaller works which he could sell, but I just didn’t make any. Bummer! (I rate this a 8.9 on the slang-o-meter). Not too sure why I didn’t but I was feeling a lot of stress at my jobby job (You rate this one, dear reader :^)
That job stress was NOT helping too much. Menial work is good for some artists perhaps even l’il me. Menial is not a bad word for some creative people. My daddy dad dad did NOT understand where I was coming from. I remember him getting so upset that I was a janitor when I was “graduating from college,” he pounded the kitchen countertop during breakfast on morning so hard the silverware did a little dance of daddily F-rustration. Ho No! Golly Gee daddy dad. I certainly wasn’t the little adoptee sonny boy you had in mind… But that was all part of the Transmogrification of little Bobby. It can be a long haul when daddy mean bux thinks sonny boy is a little loser who needs sports and boy scroats shoved down his throat 24/7. Ok that’s more of my spin-splaining. Better grab onto something solid, like this here couch or the spinning might just keep on a spinnin.’
There now, getting back on the art horse – if you check out my website archive page #1 you’ll see several small wall sculptures. (And yes! “check out” was a worm hole direct flight to that page aka hyperlink!… ) Those little wall sculptures basically launched my art career in Houston about 10 years before I joined Goldesberry. And the Goldesberrys remembered me from when they worked at Kauffman Gallery. So they KNEW I could make it happen.
Well, it’s time to skip the coulda shoulda woulda paragraphs and move on to the reality of my artwork. So watch me take a flying hop, skip and jump… ha ha ho ho
This piece, Metamorphosis ~ Transmogrification !! is a rather characteristic “style” of mine for most of my life. I’ve often designed with heavy lines and solid, vibrant colors, starting with a landscapish design. From there I’m able to launch a painting far and away. But my process, that process, is a very good match for me, and, as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Still I continue to experiment with various art jams ‘n jellies. I’ll spread them on with multifarious scrapers, brushes, squeegees, etc. And from this experimental “outlier” process I do find a new tool and method. So it’s good for me to continue to experiment. And I can’t say that this “outlier” process is an outlier at all. It certainly is not.
The experimentation is a vital part of my art process. I just don’t include it into the direct painting process 24-7. More like 23-6.33 🙂 It’s always there, or just went out for a cuppa coffee (be right back!!) . …
Yes, I painted many a painting with practically one brush, a #8 sable round. If I can locate one of those brushes, I’ll take a photo. I’ve worn several down to a bare nubbin’ from brushing away the happy hours after hours.
Keep the tried and true. Experiment with the new. Works for me, and always has. This has created and sustained my Metamorphosis ~ Transmogrification !! art process through the years.