*****This week's Process/Inspiration comes from left coast, artist Mike Maxwell. Mike more often than not renders his work in a myriad of blue hues. Painting both contemporary and legendary portraits, he uses his palate to blur racial, economic and gender lines into obscurity. Mike is self taught, and continually raises the bar in his work. I'm delighted to have him share his work with us. He went above and beyond what I asked of him. (Which only makes sense) This week's post will be in two parts; Part 1 is Process, which you see below you and Part 2 is Inspiration (you like how that works, don't you?) which I'll post tomorrow. Be sure to click on the images to get a more detailed look. Comments are open!******
For me the process is the most important aspect of making art. During the creation period is when I receive all my rewards from the art. As each work is completed I experience such immense feelings of accomplishment and joy that whatever happens after the work is done is an added bonus. I'm lucky enough to make a living off the sales of my art, but if I were not so fortunate, I would still reap these priceless rewards.
Tools of the trade: Photo by Rebecca Joelson
Process of "Live Free"
I build my own panels out of birch and pine.
Process of "Until The Whistle Blows"
More after the jump...