Abstract Art: Untitled 60″x 48″ Acrylics and Oils on Gallery Canvas (2017)

I finished this painting yesterday. Actually, the application was done nearly three weeks ago, however it has largely taken that long to completely dry. This painting is different from my usual efforts in that I used oil based paints along with my traditional acrylics. I rarely ever use oils because of their drying time. But, this was my last really large canvas and I had some oils laying around that I wanted to finish.

The composition came to me rather quickly, but as noted above the drying time was forever. I like to finish my paintings with a thin polyurethane coat to give my paintings a sheen, but you can’t apply until the canvas is completely dry. Yesterday, I finally felt the oils were sufficiently dry enough to apply a coat. Sure enough there was not any smearing.

I can’t really interpret what the colors represent as I was trying to finish off my remaining oils and these were the colors I had left. I am sure there is something there for me to interpret but right now I am just excited to get this posted to share.

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Total Eclipse August 21, 2017

I live right in the path of totality for the eclipse.  Our daughter had school today and invited parents to come to school and watch it with them on the school’s baseball field.  It was hot as all get out in the lead up to it.  You could actually feel a temperature drop as more of the sun came to be blocked.  Amazing how dark it got and then the return of sunlight.

All I can say is “wow that was really cool” and awesome that we got to share this with so many other people and especially our daughter.

#parenthood #fatherhood “Keira loses her first tooth!”

It took forever but it finally happened, Keira lost her first tooth.  She was so afraid of it happening, and immediately so proud once it did.  She was strutting the whole day.  We decided to take her to Fritz’s to celebrate.  She took my hat and I just had to admire this little young lady of mine.  She also happens to be my little photographic Muse.

 

Abstract Art: “Equilibrium in Full” 48×60″ Acrylic on Gallery Canvas (2017)

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“Equilibrium in Full” 48×60″ Acrylic on Gallery Canvas (2017).
This is a piece I just finished last week. It is the second time I have attempted a canvas this large. The first one I recently sold. I haven’t had access to a vehicle that could transport a canvas this large for sometime. However, a friend (@ThruEricsEye) I have known since Jr. High made his way up to St. Louis, byway of OKC to engage in some urban photography. It just so happens he owns a truck with a case over its bed.

We picked up two of these 4×5 feet canvases. As noted above, I just completed this 1st of the 2 canvases. This came to me quite quickly. I am titling it “Equilibrium in Full” because one, it is two appropriately sized contrasting color fields on a large canvas (a full expression of experience), Secondly, the contrast of the blue/green (melancholy) balanced by the yellow and white (optimism) colorfield represents a balance of emotions. The white drip line is to clearly show some demarcations of feelings and the swingled line that mental balance of feelings.

Summers have always brought feelings of balance for me. Restfullness, yet restlessness. Sociable, but solitary. Harmony and Anxiousness.

Abstract Art: “A Surprise” 28×22″ Acrylic on paper (2015)


I frequently use these 28×22″ paper sheets to paint in between canvases. These along with my use of scrap mat-boards serve as a form of sketch pad for painting. I have accumulated quite a few of these over the years and store them away. It just so happened that I came across some extra frame this week. I wanted to see how some of my paper works might look framed and matted. That is how I stumbled onto this piece that I did in 2015 I quite it like it now.

Abstract Art: “Two Trying for One” (2008) 28×22″


I did this series of paintings in 2008. They were done on 28×22 paper with acrylic paint. Rarely do I make it a habit to paint in a series. These three just came to me. I completed them at a difficult time. My wife and I were trying to have a child. Only five weeks earlier we had learned that she was pregnant. But, at the fifth week she started spotting and went to the doctor to discover that the fetus did not have a heartbeat, that we had miscarried. It was our first pregnancy. We were only five weeks pregnant and we never heard a heartbeat prior to then so it’s not as tragic as it may sound. Nevertheless, we were heartbroken.

These were the first three paintings I completed after that experience. I didn’t set out to paint something symbolic it was only after their completion that I started to feel some kind of connection to events. For me the two outside pieces that are lighter in color came to symbolize my wife and I. And, I assumed the contrasting dark image in the middle represented that pregnancy, that lost pregnancy. This must’ve been my subconscious way of dealing with the grief over the experience.

The cross looking marks throughout all three paintings were made using sandpaper, scraping away the top layers of paint. I am not religious so I find it interesting that these look like crosses. I am a bit spiritual at times so I feel that maybe these markings represent a form of yearning for something to deliver peace of mind. There was a wanting to have faith that we were going to be okay. Eventually, we were and two years later we had my daughter Keira.

These painting have never hung in our house. There has never been a good space to hang them together in our house and based on my interpretation it never felt right to hang one alone. They have sat forever in my garage studio, but this past spring I publicly displayed them for the first time. My wife much to my surprise has not attached as much sentiment to these paintings as I thought and that set me free to consider selling them. I had much interest in their purchase after their public showing. I am happy to see that they will find a home for showing rather than collecting dust. I hope you enjoyed the story behind their creation.

Another Valley Park Flood #Flood2017

I believe this is the fourth or fifth flood of the Meramec River since my wife and I moved here in 2002.  Thankfully, our house is on a hill so we stay dry.  The problem is the entrance and exit to our subdivision are one and the same and it is now under water.

Abstract Art: “Portrait” (2017) 48×24″

 

This painting went on a long journey to get where it is now. I had about a two month period where I didn’t paint anything. I started the semester teaching five classes. Additionally, I had a public exhibition of my work as a painter this spring. These things have kept me a bit preoccupied. Alas, a window of opportunity to dabble with the paints again presented itself.

I was a bit rusty I might add, you can see this below in the documentation of this work. Nevertheless, I found my bearings and kept applying. This is what I came to feel most comfortable with. I call you it portrait. Self? Maybe? Who knows that’s just what I see.

Kent Bausman

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