Falling Girl Painting Progress Slide Show <—- click here to see the slide show!
At the end of April, I had just finished “The Shining” Painting and had gone back to work briefly on “Storm room”- which is the painting I am working on now, when a chance opportunity presented itself to me in Zbrushhangouts.com care of Andre Ferwerda. He had just finished modelling a room for a client in 3D CG software. I saw it and asked if I could use his image to paint, told him it needed a floating girl in it, lol. He agreed and sent me the .jpg file and so “Falling Girl” was born in a matter of days, after contemplating composition and of course the odd animal that needed to go into it. I love the idea of collaborating on images with other artists, and I cannot thank Andre enough for allowing me to take his work and transform it into my own, changing the color palette and not necessarily putting in every detail that the original image presented. A lot of my paintings have floating people in them and odd animals, they help me express the troubling situations I find myself in. I have a lot of questions, it seems that the older I get, the more questions I have about what makes me happy, what life is about, and whether I will ever come to any kind of peace of mind about the choices I have made or continue to make. The girl is floating, but she is also falling and in this case, when she lands she will smack down hard on the floor while the neon blue Lemur watches, and if it is not careful, it might feel some of the sting of her legs landing on or near it, notice it is not really paying attention to what is going on with her either, it remains aloof, contemplating the corner of the room.
I have to thank not only Andre Ferwerda, but also Nick Sho Ito for the moving graphic at the beginning of each of my films now. I also have to thank Andy Nolan for the time spent with me on many anatomy critiques as I struggled with this figure, and to Cyle Ellcessor for listening to me go over and over the symbolism of this work, helping me break it down into what it means to me. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have so many great people all over the world who encourage, share their expertise, help you and bust your balls, all in the art field using whatever medium they so wish. Thanks again guys for inspiring me and encouraging me to keep creating!