A lot of people ask me about how I start a painting. Most people figure I do the people last, not so. I start with people and build the canvass around them. Here is an example of a big canvas I did for my show last year. I knew that I wanted the painting to be build around the theme of public affection. When I’m walking around I love seeing people kissing and making out, but I think I’m in the minority. The whole prude thing is boring. I’m not going to talk anymore about the theme of the painting, I’d like to show you the steps behind this big canvass. All told I spent between 100 and 150 hours on this big 48 in x 48 in piece. It was the main image for my show at LPM in 2009.
You can see the finished painting first. Next come a few progress pictures.