I will be interviewed today by Alyson Stanfield, founder of Art Biz Success

I am happy to share that I will be interviewed today by Alyson Stanfield, founder of Art Biz Success.

The interview will focus on the process I undertook to secure a commission for a painting I created for the Topsfield Town Hall addition which was completed in October of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the video I produced that tells the story behind the commission.

 

 

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How does the Cult of Bacchus Fresco compare with Autumn, River Road proposal?

This stage like portion of the mural from the Cult of Bacchusfresco shows a young satyr being offered a bowl of wine by Silenus, companion to Bacchus, while behind him, another satyr holds up a frightening mask which the drinking satyr sees, along with his reflection in the bowl. The layers of human activity- Silenus looks “off stage” at someone in another scene of the mural, the young satyr looking into the bowl sees his reflection along with the mask, neither of which we the viewing audience can see, and the satyr behind him looking at us, is a precursor for Baroque painting many centuries later in which layers of depth are alluded to through the flat 2D surface.

 

Similarly, my proposed composition for Autumn, River Road, which will be installed on the landing of the new town hall, allows the viewing audience to step into the composition and examine its many layers from within.  Walk down the road, rest at one of the fences or sit on the rock wall for a spell and enjoy the view.  I am even thinking of adding my self-portrait to the painting, which will really follow along with the composition of the Bacchus fresco.

Cult of Bacchus fresco, c. 101 BCE. Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii, Italy.

Autumn, River Road painting proposal for Topsfield Town Hall. To be installed, October, 2018.

Making progress, one spoon full of paint at a time . . .

Week two: July 28-August 5: I added the tree shapes to the two panels on the left yesterday. For more precise details, I use a spoon to apply the heavily beaten pulp.  

Paintings as they appeared August 2, 2018.

Painting the detail of the sky in the left panel, August, 2018.

 

In the next post, I will feature the paintings as they appeared at the end of this work week.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#megblackstudios#topsfieldma #topsfieldtownhall

I have an exciting announcement to make . . .

I have been commissioned to create a large scale painting of an autumn image of River Road, Topsfield for the new Topsfield Town Hall.  The town hall is slated for a grand opening on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  In the meantime, I will be posting on the progress of the commissioned painting.

Proposed painting location: top of main staircase.

Within a few weeks, these very incomplete panels will be ready for installation in their new setting in the town hall. Right now, it feels a bit intimidating looking at so much empty space.

Paintings as they appeared on July 24, 2018. Much work needs to be done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paintings as they appeared at the beginning of the workday on July 29, 2018 . . .

 

. . . and by the end of the workday. I’m focusing on going from left to right as I progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of week one (July 24-29). My goal is to paint one panel at a time to roughly 75% and then move onto the next panel. Panels 4 and 5 will have to wait until panels 1-3 are completed due to the lack of information I have for them. Sound confusing? It feels confusing too!

#commission, #megblackstudios, #topsfieldma #design #interiordesign

 

 

My painting process: Working on panel three of Topsfield Town Hall Commission

In this video I demonstrate how I paint with pulp.  I am using a turkey baster to add color to the background surface.  Ultimately, this will be an autumn scene inspired by the fauna of River Road, Topsfield.

Making the final edits to a commissioned wall relief.

This wall relief was commissioned for a private residence in Florida. The palette and composition is meant to emulate the seacoast of the south eastern United States. I am making the final edits to the work while the patron takes the video.

New Commission for our new town hall: Topsfield Town Hall

These are the five panels that will make up the commission of River Road for our new town hall.

And we’re off! Within a few weeks, these very incomplete panels will be ready for installation in their new setting in the Topsfield, Ma town hall. Right now, it feels a bit intimidating looking at so much empty space. #commission, #megblackstudios, #topsfieldma #design #interiordesign

Where did the phrase “that will cost you an arm and a leg” come from . . . ?

Historical fun fact: The phrase, “That will cost you an arm and a leg” came from art commissions that charged for additional the body parts. If you wanted more than your face in the painting, you had to paid for it. (below, (2014) Transitions, commissioned by the State of New #art #painting #commission Hampshire, 1% commission award).