Friday, August 19th, I will be displaying 5 paintings along side 8 other amazing artists in a hyper-realism group show at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago. The reception starts at 7pm and lasts until 10pm. It's been about a year and a half since I displayed any paintings locally. A few of these piece will be available next April at my solo show at McCormick Gallery. The work below is what can be seen in Bridgeport until Sept. 30th.
Here is the Coca-Cola bottle cap completed and framed. It's oil on panel and 3-3/8" in diameter. This will be the smallest painting displayed at my solo show at McCormick Gallery next April. It's tiny but engaging. The frame is 8 separate pieces of oak glued together and trimmed to a round circle. I beveled the inner edge to 45 degrees with a router. I realize it would have been much easier to cut out a round frame from a solid piece of wood, than to try to get 8 joints to fit properly. However, I prefer the appearance of each joint and piece of wood forming a circle.
This was my first time painting water drops, it's something I've been wanting to do. It was a good learning experience in terms of how much time it takes to paint them precisely. These drops took me about 2 days lol. I laid down a couch of medium and sort of glazed the drops in; the highlights are opaque of course. As always, I paint everything there actual size, 1:1. The bottle cap is only 1" in diameter so it's quite small. I chose Coke because of it's timeless tradition. I think Andy Warhol said it best...
"What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca Cola, too. A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it."
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