This second version of Layla Ong is very similar to the first except for eye color, green halo and angle. (Photographer, Lenne Chai, was kind enough to allow me to use her work as reference images) I think the influence of Japanese woodblock printing is even more apparent in the lines, and perhaps, flatness of the painting. There’s also an Art Deco feel to it, nothing intentional, just how things look to me afterwards.
Working on two large panels, I find that the color and detail are quite satisfying, but not so much as a jpg on a device. I suppose it’s the same as writing music to be performed at a stadium as opposed to a smaller venue. (Ever watch David Byrne’s TED Talk: How architecture helped music evolve?) I wonder how artists paint enormous murals on the sides of buildings. Anyway, I was in the mood for a larger work and another portrait of Layla—now on to something different… maybe.
I finally got around to painting the full size version of Layla. As much as I tried to create an exact reproduction, when I put the smaller preliminary painting on watercolor paper next to the large canvas, I noticed that there are striking differences. Even with taking careful measurements, the slight variations in proportions and contours produce a completely different mood and expression. I added a halo in this one, using a more subtle blue than my previous bright green attempts.
The reference photo I worked from actually had red paint on model, Ruyoo Jyoo’s, face. I thought it looked a little too much like blood and opted for blue. Once I added the neon colored paints, the painting activated with energy, at least what I consider nice movement and balance. I didn’t use the stencil squares as much in this one. I stopped just as I found satisfaction with smudges and marks that are part of the process. And of course, there are a few intentional and carefully placed dots.
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This is one of the rare instances where I painted from one of my photographs. The scene is from the river district in Suzhou, China. It was 2010 when I took the reference photo for this painting from a boat in a canal. I painted the scene the same year, but only recently (2018) added color.The framing with the window is one of my favorite effects. I did a series of windows a few years back, which were donated to charity, but I forgot to photograph them. There’s a good chance I’ll create another version of it on a large canvas.
Although I’ve spent a few years studying Mandarin, I still can’t understand the language, much less decipher writing. The model, Ruyoo Jyoo, told me that she wasn’t sure what the Chinese characters on her face meant. I was eventually told by someone that they mean ‘true feelings,’ or ‘real emotions,’ at least the parts that were readable (seems compatible with the expression on her face). As with recent paintings, this is a small work on paper, about 18″ x 24″ painted with acrylics. This seems to me a good candidate for a large canvas. I’ll keep you posted if it becomes such a thing. Or you can help me decide by commissioning a new project.
This painting of Olga, a model from Russia, has a looser play on the large square stencils I’ve been using. The messiness, which is part of the process, didn’t overwhelm the painting (It could have). I found the dark blues over black to be quite satisfying from a color balance perspective. It also, unintentionally, gave the painting the effect of a person looking out a window with city lights reflected on the glass. There is also a bit of motion as the linear continuity takes the viewer in a spiral, but not the 1.618 the masters sought after. Well, I suppose you can do a little creative accounting to arrive at such a curve.
Almost all the paintings on this site are for sale. Currently, I’m working a small‘preliminary’ paintings that I will eventually show to my art dealer and then decide on what would translate well to large canvases. If you’re interested in collecting my work, please contact me or Glenn Aber, owner of Ai Bo Gallery. Please see contact page.