Maybe a year or so ago, I started trying new techniques to plan out paintings. I'm really not much of a sketcher, so I wanted to experiment with using Photoshop. I selected a number of photos I've taken on various trips (Paris, Seattle, South Dakota) and some I've taken in my own backyard of Brooklyn (one day I'll actually have my own backyard) and played around with "stacking" them in combinations. The original intention was to use these as inspiration for paintings and they are certainly not a shining example of photo editing, but even as they are I like them.
Earlier this year, I decided to work on a series inspired by my travels and photos captured in South Dakota. I am literally this close to finishing the third and final painting of the series and just need to break out of a holding pattern of second guessing myself. However, below is the first painting I completed, inspired by the idea of a stacked landscape. The prairie in The Great Plains always reminds me of the ocean and I always think about my dad growing up in South Dakota, and then moving to Delaware for work as an adult and immediately buying a boat.
My goal is to finally finish the third painting of this "South Dakota Series", work on a few paintings for my new nephews (one is overdue as that he already arrived), and then potentially think about playing around with the idea of the stacked landscapes again, albeit with much larger canvases, therefore requiring a rearrangement of my 100 sq. foot she-cave studio. It's going to be a busy summer for sure.