The final pieces for the USAF Art Program exhibit have been finished, scanned, with one being framed right now. I held off posting the last works till I had the last scan ready. This has been an involving, exciting, project these past months, with much learned (and probably just as much forgotten as retention of successful processes is not my strong suit). But I have become a real convert to painting on solid wood (birch) panel (available at Home Depot) that has at least seven layers of gently sanded gesso. Just love that sliding effect that paint has on that kind of surface. My thanks to Bryan Snuffer for pressing upon me the idea of heavy gesso preparation and for insisting that I try acrylics again. One of the huge advantages of acrylics is the ease and peace of mind just going over areas that don’t satisfy without having to suffer through the long wait so common with oils.
Shifting to a more painted approach on these Air Force images wasn’t planned. It seemed to just naturally morph as a result of the other work I had been doing and posted about here and the confidence that has been gradually developing. There’s no intention of abandoning the reportorial drawing aspect of the work for the Air Force, not at all, it’s way too satisfying and real time, but the addition of the painting makes for a welcome layering of new potentials. It’s all about potentiality. The universe of infinite possibilities.
I truly hope these pieces will add to the revitalized spirit of the Air Force Art Program that has been in the works for the past few years. There is some very strong work in this year’s show. The exhibition will be on view at the Society of Illustrators thru September.
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