Acrylics on 12"x12" canvas
Portrait of Notorious B.I.G.
So, in the first place, I was planning on doing a painting a day for this series. However, that hasn't been the case due to some kind of injury I sustained painting the first four last weekend, haha I still can't hold a paintbrush for more than a few minutes and without a fashionable combination of gloves and a hand brace, but some of the initial numbness has gone down significantly.
Typically, painting is something I turn to to cope with physical stress because it is so relaxing for me -- this fact alone made the process of making this piece and pausing my series ....ridiculously tantalizing. On top of that, I've been incredibly inspired lately.
To remedy this issue, I spent a few days at school practicing drawing with my left hand. What takes 10 minutes with my right took four times as long with my left ... but I think it ultimately helped because I did 90% of this piece painting with my left hand! (Why is that something to be excited about? ------ because I'm right-handed, haha) It was like learning a new language, honestly.
It's hard to describe, but using my left hand changed how I related to the piece and how I was able to use the colors. I had less control over how the colors interacted and blended; it was even more interesting for me because I've never used ultramarine on a portrait before.
I get a kick out of this being my first (unintentional) rainbow palette as well. ;) There were several rainbow and candy references this past week that were totally unrelated to one another, but that (not surprisingly) constituted something kind of significant to me. It's one of those recurring conversational manifestations that I mention in a lot of my pieces....
Why Notorious B.I.G.? I'm a fan, but I'm admittedly not the biggest fan of his music; I just keep meeting cool people wearing his face on their clothes, haha I feel like somebody will be happy to have him on their wall, and since this series is going to be sold immediately in auction at Goody Night (November 29 .....ahem ... bids starting at $35, continuing into the online realm on Sunday), it just seemed a fitting time to paint him. I think Biggie's image is one that is popular and caricature-ized quite often in street/urban art, not necessarily where I am from. This series is partly about making art more accessible, as well as exploring the notion of "default" imagery that becomes attributed with a dominant culture .......
I haven't finished the series yet, but hopefully that will make more sense when I do! ;)
Remember, Goody Night, November 29th, the Underground!!