I've been exploring compositions influenced by photos I've taken of machinery and architectural structures. The three panels of this triptych are each 48" square.
You might be able to find some of the elements that I used in this photo. I took reference from additional photos, too, but this is an example of what I was working with.
I pick out details from the photos and arrange them in a design that carries over from one panel to the next, trying to make sure that each panel is a good painting on its own. I start by drawing a grid on tracing paper to help me transfer the image to the larger panel. Then trace pieces of the photo.
Gesso gives the wood panels texture that I emphasize by applying the paint in thin layers with a squeegee.
I then transfer the drawing to the panels using the grid for reference. The drawing is done in charcoal.
Here is a second painting, a diptych. The initial drawing, the painting finished and the painting installed in its new home.
These panels are 40" square. Once I have the mechanical aspects in the paintings I add hints of the iconography that I've used in the past - birds, trees, natural things.
I was recently in Philadelphia and enjoyed a wonderful walk along the Schuylkill River where there were infinite possibilities for images. I'm excited about this new direction and look forward to more exploration on this theme. As always, I'll keep you posted.