Skyfire . 11x14 inches . 2010





1. natural lighting (near a sunny window)
2. artificial lighting (regular interior lighting)
3. combined uv and artificial lighting
4. uv lighting only (with a black light)
5. no light (glow in the dark)

Sometimes I make thick, chunky, goop-y texture with sand because I like the fun things it does to the paint. This means it takes me about 3 times as long to complete it, but I enjoy the process of getting the colors just the way I want them. It's funny, my techniques are based on letting chaos work its magic, but I spend the entire time trying to control and shape the chaos. There's a life lesson somewhere in there, let me know if you find it.

I started this painting long before I left for Hawaii, and it changed quite a bit upon returning. The skies in Hawaii were on fire: Mostly pink and orange, singed by all the fumes leaving the volcano.

I usually have trouble with red, but for some reason I'm seeing it in all my sketches now. I think I may have "unlocked" something in me that previously didn't understand what to do with it.

It's so fiery. :o)

Skyfire is available in my Etsy shop.

2 comments:

Dave said...

Very cool pictures. I'm sure the original piece is even more spectacular in real life. One thing I would like to see is pictures of the pieces in process, to get a feel for how you choose directions to go in. I used to share a studio space with several other artists -- occasionally I go back and work at the studio -- and we would all be nosy about each others' processes. It's so eye-opening to see how we all do our thing, and it's led to a lot of strange experiments, but we all have our niches.

shayla said...

Thanks for your comment, Dave! :o)