I get a lot of questions about my painting process, whether it’s about where my inspiration came from or how long it took. So I’m hoping that I can talk *so much* that I can hoping to answer a fair amount of questions thru this post as well as explain the specific process for this piece ("Mind Grown"). I’m almost certain this thing is a grammatical nightmare but I’m an artist not an english teacher so deal with it.
Inspiration. This is easily one of the hardest questions to answer, and it’s probably the most common one I get when it comes to my process. “How did you think of this idea?” Generally I have two ways of creating concepts, one of which I use a lot more than the other. The first usually includes me sitting around and I randomly get a verrryyyy small piece of an idea. Usually a visual spawned from a subject or meaning. From there it gets weird. It’s a combination of my mind racing ridiculously fast and someone mentally sorting thru things like a file cabinet like a wild animal. Imagine me explaining that to you in person. You’d probably call the cops on me. Btw when this happens I can usually knock out like 2-5 solid concepts in a matter of 10 minutes. I don’t like to force these moments because nothing good ever came from rushing. Be quick, but don’t hurry. The second method is like a 2nd grade version of the first method and I only do it when I’m really struggling to think. I take paper and scribble random words/visuals that have been on my mind, and the notes grow more detailed/organized as I keep thinking. With this concept; it was method #1. I don’t think I even wrote anything down about it.
Research. I don’t like being the same as someone/something else. As soon as I have a concrete idea I’ll research for a couple hours. Blatant google image searches seem to be the most helpful because it provides the largest amount of results. I’ve said 17287 times but with art unless you’re doing some absurdly abstract art it’s pretty hard to be COMPLETELY and UTTERLY original. Even abstract can seem familiar sometimes. I don’t sweat it if there are subtle similarities in small details in other art. It’s fucking art. As long as I personally feel that I’ve had my take on the concept, created a new direction or gave new life to it, I’m satisfied. If I can create a different energy/represent or connect a different message with it, I’m satisfied. There are always small details for the concept that I can’t fully decide on so I’ll run them by a very very small ground of people. They get mad because 99.9% I stick with my original choice, but I really just like hearing their point of view.
Preparation. I get a lot of emails about available work, but with this piece it was different. This idea was important to me so I wanted to make it a pretty big size and do it ASAP. I decided on 6x4’. A lot of people want paintings but a 6ft painting isn’t exactly in everyone’s budget and even if it is they might not have space for it. The craziest thing was that maybe 40 min after I came up with concept I got an email from a new collector wondering if I had anything around 6x4’. I personally emailed them back with the concept and they responded asking how quickly they can lock the concept down. (For any collector that is reading this; that’s usually how I work. So even though usually everything is sold, my mind is usually has like 2-5 pieces that haven’t been made yet.
I wanted this piece to be the center of attention wherever it was so I decided to split it up as a 3 piece.
***I really tried to film a whole time lapse and was excited to be able to post it. So we put up two separate camera angles and then shit hit the fan. One of the guys who helps me with videos and production had some projects come up that were a little more important and then some files got lost. So all I really have is the first 18% of it. A choppy 18% at that..
Here are some questions you may have been asking during this sad excuse for a time lapse:
What are you putting in the background? I see you spraying things and then covering them up. Secrets don’t make friends.
Why does the footage start when the figure is white? Is that a stencil?
I’m not sure how long this piece took me, I think around 8 days. I usually coat my pieces in resin, but due to the collectors lighting set up and reflectiveness of the resin it sounded like a really awful idea.
Here are some pictures of the progression of the flowers and in the collectors house.