A few more weeks of work and I have finished Dreams #2, the second of the large scale can paintings. Damn they are challenging! In smaller paintings there is the ability for much more gestural and abstraction, but on a larger scale all that needs to be refined much more. Particularly of issue on this painting was the fine print near the recycle logo. I chose to move towards abstraction rather than pushing in the direction of photo-realism. It is very important to me that these remain paintings, not a slavish photographic representation.
After a couple dozen studies of soda and beer cans I launched into a large scale painting. It took several weeks to finish. As I’ve mentioned in the past, scaling up paintings exponentially increases the working time.
The idea for the series has slowly come together. At first the cans were an exercise in color mixing and painting reflective surfaces, but as I worked on them I saw a deeper meaning.