Next phase Green coral “dark waters”

With this new Coral series I’m trying to push the envelope of what I can do with this new 2014 series. The first two being the companion pieces,Red and Blue coral dragons;

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These next two Coral series pieces are part of what I’m calling Dark Waters. Here is a quick look at next phase of the green piece.

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This last shot is really so we can take a look at the amount of texture in this piece it’s intended to feel almost visceral.
The red piece will be completely brush detailed then re-glazed time and again until it’s perfect.

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Again thanks for your support over the past 2 years, I truly owe everything to you.
Much love
Benjamin
2014

1/20/14 studio update

After a long night chased by demons I’ve found myself doing the one thing I know will heal my soul . Yes…. It’s painting. Last night / this morning I started work on the me Coral Series 2 pieces. A day or so ago I cut the panels:

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Since then some things have changed.

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These pieces were designed to be companion pieces to each other, I guess we all need a true companion once in a while.

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These pieces are close to being finished but still require a final glaze and solid color wash. With any luck I may have them finished by the end of the day. Which by the way is my official day off. No errands or going out at all today. Stay tuned for a detailed post on Love, as she is very very close to being done.

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I hope where ever you are and whatever your doing today that you feel loved and appreciated. If for some reason you don’t then as you read these words know that you are. I’ll check in later.

Always
Benjamin
2014

AM studio time~Stuff and things

Good morning, I hope the day has found you well. It’s been an early morning here in the land of pills and paint. Last night I put some color on the tree knowing full well I’d be darkening it up considerably. Since I often paint in 100’s of micro layers and glazes I’ve learned over the years it’s best to start very bright and work to dark as opposed to the classic training which says start with dark and add light. Here’s a little look at the Winters Birch piece.

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There is still a great deal of work to do on this piece. There is also still a very good chance that I’ll turn the whole thing back to dark blue, purple,grey and white.

I’ve also been working on Love this morning and last night as well. I’m going to be using the fine liner technique with this piece detailing with #1 and 2 size brushes. Some might think it’s nuts to work on a 48″ painting with a tiny little shader but I find that when I’m working inches from a piece like this that the more small brushes work best for my shaky hands. They’re light and give me a great deal of control. Here is another look at Love;

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Love comes in so many shapes and sizes for all of us. It’s deep and grounding yet lifting an etherial. It’s rough and challenging yet soft as a feather. There is no one singular definition that fits love in a box for it is physical and spiritual all destroying and all saving. Love tis a tricky thing. Three small words that can change the world.
I’ve also started to work on the new Coral Series II this morning. They are still wet so it will be a while before they progress much further but here is the first looks at a two piece set called Companion ~ Coral series

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As suggested by the name these pieces will be painted to compliment each other. This years coral series I’m going to try to make very bold but as with everything I do the paints wishes will always come first.
Thanks again for spending some time with me today, I realize there are a million other things that you could spend your time doing other than checking in on the shaky painter so please know how much I truly, deeply appreciate you, your words and our time together.

As always please; Be Brave, Be Bold and Thrive in the life you have.

Namaste
Benjamin
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