Try and try, and try, and try…again, and again, and again…… Ctrl+z, Ctrl+z, Ctrl+z,…Ctrl+z……Dang it!!!
It has been three long years since the concept of “Women and Wine” was doodled while sitting in my first apartment in LA. What began as an evolution of rough sketches turned into a few years of tedious trials and errors. Why? Because I could not find the right medium for what I wanted to do. Everything that I tried and tested seemed wrong. Time and time, again, I would visit this project and scrap it. I started with Photoshop – tried out a new comic book technique -, I moved into pastels, and went back to the computer again, and into acrylic paints on canvas….the cycle was never-ending. There would be months, and sometimes periods close to a year, where I turned my back on the paints and mediums. I was frustrated. Nothing clicked, nothing worked…I wasn’t happy with any medium. It all seemed unbalanced, the textures were just wrong…
It wasn’t until November 2016 that I was able to put a finished seal on this project, and it solidified my new art medium in Photoshop (and in perfect timing, right before my art show). Not only was I able to pinpoint the new technique and exceed my initial vision, but I also found my calling in the art world through this project: embracing the neutral beauty of diversity. (I will touch on this in a future post.)
This is a collection near and dear to my heart, not only because of my love of wine, but because of the beauty of the physical differences among women. There are three pieces in this collection; each one features a general grouping of wine (red, white, and blush/rosé – with their proper glasses, of course). They also feature women of color: Asian, African American, and Persian (onlookers assume that she is white, but she is, in fact, Persian). I am proud to say that most people had appreciative and very positive (if not, overwhelmingly positive) responses to the incorporation of colored women in the art. My happiest moment was my last customer, who walked by with her mother, and did a double take. She came back a few seconds after walking by the booth, and looked at the woman featured in “White Wine”. “Oh my gosh! Mom! Look! Look at this! She has my hair!” She paused, took in the painting, and after taking a breath she almost whispered, “Oh my gosh.” She took her hands off of her mouth to rest over her heart, “I have never seen my hair in any kind of art, before. That is my hair! My hair looks exactly like this! That’s my hair!…She is beautiful…”
This is why I create art: to touch people, to make them feel. And it makes me so happy to be able to fill a much-needed gap in the art world that has been lacking for much too long.
Here is the tedious process that went through the creation of “Women and Wine”. I hope you enjoy it!