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January 31, 2013

"Rise" Finished


This painting was significantly more complex to paint than I had anticipated. I wanted the albino cicadas to have such delicate colors that I had to paint them each many times before the balance was correct. I am so pleased with the results that it was worth the effort!

(This piece is RESERVED.)




Sometimes there is a magical moment at the very end of the painting where something pulls it all together for me. In this case, it was these golden birds in the distance added as an afterthought:


I know it's wrong to pick favorites but.... but I really like how I controlled the colors in this particular piece. It was a hard-won battle!


"Rise" will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.



January 30, 2013

"Rise" In Progress

Very much in-progress, I'd say this one is half-way done now:

(This piece is RESERVED.)




Tomorrow: The cicadas, the background, and her gold collar... and of course lots of touchups and highlights! Stay tuned!


"Rise" will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.

January 28, 2013

"Rot" Complete

"Rot" is finally completed! This one took quite a while due to the detail. I don't often use green as a dominant color in my paintings but I'm really glad that I did.

(This piece is RESERVED.)



Here is a detail of a tiny little carrion beetle hidden in the foliage:





"Rot" will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.

January 26, 2013

"Burden" Finished

I'm getting one little painting done a day and it feels so good! 
Here is "Burden"– the pyrite cubes are painted in metallic ink so they shine at certain angles. I am particularly pleased with how the little wild blackberries came out!




And here is a photo of the original sketch with some of my own gems and minerals for reference while painting. I am fascinated by how pyrite can come out of the ground in near-perfect interlocking cubes.


There is so much more on the way so check back frequently!


"Burden" will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.

January 23, 2013

"Larva" Completed

This piece "Larva" is about spontaneous generation, also called abiogenesis, which was a theory that some living things can arise suddenly, from inanimate matter and without the need for a living progenitor to give them life. For example- people noticed that maggots would appear on rotting meat seemingly spontaneously. This was of course disproved in the 17th century.

It seems ridiculous now but there was a time when this was widely accepted. I am fascinated by how subjective and dynamic perceptions of "reality" are.



And onwards I go- so many paintings and ideas I want to execute, so little time!


"Larva" will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.

January 22, 2013

"Phoenix" Completed

I finished this little gem tonight- a cicada on fire with the shadow of a cloaked woman. With this show I have been trying to take risks and really challenge myself to paint things I am not familiar with- such as fire and smoke- and it has proved to be an extremely rewarding experiance!

(sorry for the low-quality images)


There are little flecks of golden embers in the billowing inferno which contrasts with the black really nicely.

Now it's on to the next one!


"Phoenix" will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.

January 20, 2013

Progress on "Phoenix", "Burden", "Womb", "Rot"

Lets start with some sketches from Friday! "Phoenix" is the cicada on fire with the cloaked-woman shadow, and "Burden" is the carrier pigeon weighed down with mementos.



Today I toned them with washes of waterproof india ink:

(I can't decide what to title this making-out-babies piece- "Fetal Attraction", "Larva", "Womb", "Spark"??? I don't want it to be cute... I want it to be creepy!)

And here are the ink washes completed on "Rot":


I will be coloring all of these over the next couple of days.

And finally, last Friday these three (as well as two larger paintings) left to get framed. "Gasp" is already reserved but "Flinch" and "Rattle" are up for grabs!


These soon-to-be paintings will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.

January 18, 2013

Sketching Away

More sketches in-progress for my upcoming show:

This one will probably be completely re-worked and will be called "Tinker."

And this one is done and ready-to-transfer and will be called "Phoenix."

I can't wait to start painting, especially the cicada on fire! It's shadow will be of a cloaked woman. And I'm excited to be putting some men in this show as well, time to mix it up.

January 17, 2013

"Rattle" Finished


"Rattle" is painted, I am pleased with how the gems came out!



"Rattle" will be part of my April 2013 solo show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.


January 13, 2013

"Shapeshifter" Complete


I'm really pleased with how this came out! I especially enjoyed painting the tiny little seagulls.

"Shapeshifter" will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.




Here was my practice seagull on a post-it:


January 10, 2013

"Rattle" and "Shapeshifter" Inked

Here are the ink washes done on "Rattle" and "Sahapeshifter." Today they will get color!



These soon-to-be paintings will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.



January 9, 2013

"Shapeshifter" Transferred

I transferred "Shapeshifter" and here it is all ready to paint! I made the original sketch a while ago but never had the chance to properly execute it so I'm excited to get to laying in some color.



It's a pretty good size, approximately 11"x15" mounted on a 16"x20" board. Stay tuned for images of this painting as it progresses!


This soon-to-be painting will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.

January 8, 2013

"Rise" Inked

The india-ink washes are done on "Rise": (This piece is RESERVED.)


I work first in waterproof india ink to establish tones that won't be picked-up by the subsequent gouache color washes. I'm excited to lay in some color on this one!


This soon-to-be painting will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.




And here are a couple random doodles from a sketchparty with my incredibly talented friends Jessica Dalva and Julian Callos:


"Rattle" "Rot" "Rise" Progress


I transferred these next three a couple days ago. Here they are pre-paint:






These three soon-to-be paintings will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.

("Rot" and "Rise" are now reserved.)

January 2, 2013

"Rise" Sketch

The Gasp / Flinch / Rattle / Rot / Rise mini series is complete! Well, I still have to paint three of them, but at least they are all nailed-down.

Cicadas are my new favorite muse. Here is the final piece, "Rise:"

(This piece is RESERVED.)






And here they are in order:

Gasp // Flinch // Rattle // Rot // Rise




These five paintings about the process of letting go of perceptions of the world that inhibit us. Perception is so subjective as is our experience of reality.


These five soon-to-be paintings will be part of my April 2013 solo show "Laid Bare" at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. For more info, to be added to the preview list, or to reserve a piece early, email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com.

("Gasp" "Rise" and " Rot" are already reserved.)

January 1, 2013

Django

I saw it. I loved it.