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Artist's Pick: King's Armor T-Shirt

There's a pretty good story behind the painting, "King's Armor."  I decided to go up and spend a few days painting with my friend, Steve Seinberg (renown abstract artist and one of the lead fish bums over at SCOF) when he was living in Asheville.  This painting became what it is because of Steve's influence.  The works that he creates are far and away recognizable as his, for their abstract and loose feel.  He paints in a large warehouse type studio that gives him the ability to paint large and the fact that he can walk 30 feet away from the piece, eyeball it and act on his instincts make his work so unique (check it here).  

I wanted to be a part of that.  So one weekend I travelled north to Asheville, just a mere 4 hours away from the coastal climate into the cool dryer air of the mountains, quite a welcoming change for a July day.  The idea was to paint big, at least larger than normal.  I showed up with a canvas of 24 x 36 inches and put it against the wall.  I knew that the Tarpon would be my inspiration, we were painting big and the Silver King spoke to me.  I had never really painted with the oil so loose and runny before, but Steve's space spoke to me.  I drew the basic lines that interpreted what a Tarpon at least should look like.  Thats is the hardest part really, just get the shaped down then have some fun with where the paint goes.  Laying down the darks is your foundation.  The midtones come next...then the party really starts with the highlights and lighter tones.  This is where the piece really comes alive.  There are plenty of projects that I am not so much "feeling it," until the final stage comes around and the piece just finds it's way.
On the final day, I saw the Tarpon was coming around and I knew that it needed something.  Nothing like having a painting where you want it then just giving it hell by splattering and dripping paint all over the open areas, letting gravity and the canvas textures do all the work.  The inspiration of Steve's studio definitely defined what this painting was going to be.  As I put the wet painting in my car, the roof lining in my car was coming apart from the edges and as I had my window down, the foam from the liner was being ripped to shreds from the turbulence of the open window.  I got home and was greeted by a new layer of foam fragments on the piece.  I wasn't too happy, not at all.  I let it dry another 2 days and somehow all the pieces just came right off with the scrape of a large brush.  
King's Armor, one of my favorite paintings, as it sits on a wall in Boca Grande, as it should.

 

Get the King's Armor t-shirt here or, if you want something smaller, get the coozie here!

 

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