January 31st -
These 2 oil paintings were done under a very tight deadline. Yes- galleries have deadlines too sometimes! I would have liked to spent more time on the compositions and painting itself, but time forced me to work fast. I was tempted to return to my use of Copal Drier but I am really trying to avoid it. The stuff is so toxic, but it works fast. I switched over to Galkyd (on the recommendation from Greg Manchess) and it seems a lot less brain damaging and speeds up the drying process. Not as fast as Killer Copal, but I think I will live longer. I am actually boring myself as I write this, and reading this is probably as painful as watching paint dry. See - even my jokes are relevant, yet still void of any entertainment value. I apologize.
Both these paintings were for gallery shows based around the theme of Valentine's Day, with a focus on the darker end of love and relationships. Here is the info on the galleries:
The Strychnin Gallery for their Dark Hearts & Broken Vows show at their NYC gallery. Check the flyer here
Also I will have a piece for the Untitled Love Project
And the images :