I wanted to write about my favorite painting from this year. Insider is about creating an art piece that might not communicate anything with the viewer and only serves as a sort of inside joke with the artist - at least this is what I got from the piece. The Viewer can pull any meaning from it they want and it can be their own inside joke.
I really enjoy the strong features of the model along with the dramatic shadows. I'm really happy with the orange to purple saturated skin tones that I got with this image. The brush strokes satisfy my desire for both realism and expression. As I have created more work I have referenced this image as an example of the style I want to capture.
I sold this painting at my Thoughtscapes exhibition at Black Lagoon Gallery in May. I was absolutely thrilled to have made a sale. Of course the money is very much appreciated, but what really means the most to me is being acknowledged as having created successful art. Sometimes I really struggle with motivation, inspiration and the technical aspects of painting and to have someone appreciate your work really means a lot to me.