I just finished A Bad Day to Hang Laundry. I feel the painting really fits the mood of what the next body of work will be. It's a small painting 12x24 inches, but it packs a punch. I'm planning on performing a lot of small works for my upcoming show in September at the Lanning Gallery in Sedona, AZ.
This painting is the beginning of a large series of connected works that work together as well as individually. I like to think of a body of work like a musical album. The songs can be sold as singles, but together tell a story or establish a definite mood. The working title of the next show is Escape Plan. I'm going to focus in on gritty portraits of individuals in different urban environments that are either attempting or desire to escape their environs, predicaments, other people or themselves.
Above is the original sketch for A Bad Day to Hang Laundry and it's companion piece that I haven't named yet. I guess it would be BDHL 2, but I'm not sure if I want to go 1,2,3, etc with this series. The theme for this series is a tale of a boy and a girl who walk down the same streets, go to the same bookstores, restaurants, parks, and other places; yet they never meet. I guess star crossed lovers that are perfect for each other if only they could meet. I can hear Morrissey crooning now, if it were made into a short film. I guess a little bit of the inspiration for the series is the fact that my wife and I went to the same high school, but didn't meet each other until the second semester of our freshman year in college.
I'm not sure how the series will play out. I'm just going to sketch, paint and repeat until I feel the series is done.