NASA 30 – NASA at the End of the World
NASA 29 – NASA Meets the False Man
The Last NASA painting is ‘NASA 30 – NASA at the End of the World’. The process of creating a NASA painting has always been a 5 step process, except the very first painting which was immediate and totally unplanned.
Step 1 – Make up a title. (Normally, I would create a title after, or during the creation of an art work.)
Step 2 – A very quick sketch, based on the idea of the title. ( very free, and loose, barely discernable and drawn in less than 5 minutes.)
Step 3 – A quick sketch on the canvas. ( Drawn in black, and fiddled with until the main elements are apparent.)
Step 4 – Colourisation. ( Three colours and white, applied very loosely.)
Step 5 – Black Outline. (The final stage, to re-emphasize and re -energise the work.)
Although, NASA 30 is not complete (it soon will be), the following images are steps 3 to 5.
The series will be shown in April at the Art Factory Gallery, South Brisbane. Opening night will be announced soon, and an invite will be posted on this blog. As for the meaning of these works, I hope to conjure up something to say on opening night. The series is meant to be displayed in a large grid, together but separate – like the following image.
As for me – I am setting my mind now to the next three works – three panels, like an altar piece, inspired by Max Beckman and focusing on a particular place and it’s culture– in a similar style to the NASA stuff but different.
Me 2011, sitting in the studio, working on the invite designs for the Art Factory Show.
NASA 28 – A Quantum Leap for NASA - in progress
It all starts with scribbles.
A notebook full of NASA preliminary scribbles and jottings.
All drawings(scribbles) for the NASA series have been finished and so I am working on the last three paintings. I was working on a new series called the 16:9 series, but have put that on the shelf at the moment, and painted over the first work to continue the NASA style of things into a few bigger works – but with less black and no astronauts.
There is nothing like the smell of a new canvas in the morning.
As kooky as the art and the artist look, the NASA series of paintings were quite fun and entertaining while being a challenge and intellectually stimulating to create. I think I could do another 30, but it seems impossible to be consistent, or as Bob Dylan put it in regards to Joan Baez, “It’s hard to be wise and in love at the same time”.