Friday, March 22, 2019

Harriet Tubman - Work In Progress

This is the last image from about few days ago. The blue portion in the left is just me trying to make sure the color will come out correct, but it will be covered up. I've slowed down on Harriet Tubman momentarily. I have a pretty large art project I'm working on that has to be finished by next Friday so I probably won't be working on this painting for at least another week, but this is my progress thus far. I may work on it if I get a few minutes of down time, but with Wine & Design, my writing, my blog, commissions and an upcoming trip to DC in a few weeks, but work on it will be sparse.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

My writing blog and published work

Although this page is about my Fine Art, I also write. 
I just finished my Wordpress and here's a link to my author Facebook page. My Amazon author page will be uploaded by the weekend. I used to tell everyone "go like my page' but that's annoying as hell. Most of my writing and publishing will be there. The Wordpress is my old one that I used for my first book, but I'm updating it as I publish my stories. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Harriet Tubman - Work In Progress

In sharing with you all the mistakes with the painting of Harriet Tubman and the process, this next step was daunting to say the least. This is just a white splotch where Harriet Tubman will be. That's all ... a white splotch. From there, I will create the trees around her and the other people.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Harriet Tubman - Work In Progress

While it might seem like a redundant post, it's anything but. Once the first layer of ripples dried, I had to go over them with a second, lighter coat. Ripples ... so many ripples.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Harriet Tubman - Work In Progress

All these damn ripples in the water ... thousands of them.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Harriet Tubman Day

Yesterday was Harriet Tubman Day, and because I'm working on this amazing painting, I just threw caution to the wind and took a trip to Maryland to visit the Harriet Tubman Museum. Just down the road from the museum is the house where she was born, and a few miles from that is Brodess Farm, the farm where she worked. The land at Brodess Farm is privately owned, so you can't go on the property, but I set up my easel on the protected area where you can view. None of the buildings are still around and the old building in the pic was built years after she had escaped slavery. I was able to collect some sand, well ... mud ... from the area where my easel was. Just like before, I'll apply that into the painting once it's dry.
There's too much to post here. I'll just say that, it was worth the drive.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Harriet Tubman - Work In Progress

This next step in painting the Harriet Tubman piece was somewhat humbling. Here, I took dried dirt from the Richmond Slave Trail and pushed it into the brush with Payne's Grey. I applied multiple layers. This will be covered with several layers of paint and more dirt, in an attempt to immortalize a part from the past.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Harriet Tubman - Work In Progress

This is the third and final layer of the background. I have not decided yet if I will go ahead and glaze the blue sky in now, or wait and glaze it in with the trees. Either way, I have a few days to decide as this will need at least a solid 3-4 days to fully dry. While in the process of letting it dry, I may head to Dorchester County one day this week or early next week just to see the area where Harriet Tubman walked.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Harriet Tubman - Work In Progress

This is the second of three layers. For the third and final layer of the background, each section of the background will need to dry. This will take at least a solid week to do. The sky will need to be painted and then let dry. The far distant mountains will be painted and then need to dry, and so on and so forth.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Harriet Tubman - In Progress

While showing the process, yesterday I took one final trip to the slave trails out in Richmond. From one of the pics, you can see the city. Most of the actual trail is covered in wood chips or some form of pulp. Because this piece is very important to me, I decided to dig down beneath the pulp and scooped up some mud from the trail - maybe less than a 1/4 of a cup. It's been really rainy lately, so I'll need to let it dry for about a week.
From here, I intend to mix the dirt in with the paint and apply it to the canvas, immortalizing it into the painting.
Anyone who knows me knows that because of my upbringing, being raised in a cult, I struggle with religion and God. I honestly don't know what's out there, and I'm fine with that. While walking along the trail where the horrendous act of owning a human was once a part of everyday life, I couldn't help but feel a presence of those countless souls that were forced into lifelong servitude ... and for what?
It was a somber feeling ... mournful and gloomy.
I can't begin to describe the haunting emotion. Maybe it was psychological, I have no way of knowing. But what I do know is that if there is an afterlife, I hope those who walked those trails ... innocent of any wrongdoing of their own, have found some peace in the afterlife.

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