The Old Fool: An Epic Tale To Enrich Painting

Hello again art lovers!

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I know, its been a while since I’ve posted a new blog entry.  I wish I could say that I’ve been painting for the duration of my M.I.A status, but I haven’t.  You see, I began painting the “Kakhati” art around the simple theme of laughter.  Kakhati is a Sanskrit word from ancient India that roughly translates into English as “Laugh out loud”.  Anyway, after working through a few pieces,  I felt like “Kakhati” could be enriched and possibly even flourish if a little more thought was thrown into the mix.  With this in mind, I attempted something new.  I wrote an epic for source material.

Don’t bet me wrong, I know other artists like William Blake, have been fond of combining their painting and writing talents to make more elaborate works, but I’ve never really utilized the combination.  Writing has always been one of my great hobbies and truthfully, I’ve probably written much more than I’ve painted this year, so it seemed natural to assimilate the hobby into my work.

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I’ve only completed a few newer pieces and they’re  little more than quick studies, but now that my epic is finished, I have a treasure trove of rich, fanciful imagery stored up in the ol’ dream machine.  The tale centers around an amnesiac who lives alone on an island.  As a result of a frustrating, zen-like conversation with a hungry pelican that swooped down to steal his roasted fish, the amnesiac is charged with a perilous quest and dubbed the “Old fool”.  The old fool must find the black wolf that carries the stolen of bag of countless treasures.  Inside the bag are three items which will console the weeping dragon.

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kakhati_spring_dragonAs you may be able to imagine, I am very excited about the upcoming paintings featuring a selection of imaginative scenes from the epic.  I’m still not sure whether I want to use oil paint for realism, or watercolor for a more whimsical approach to the imagery, so I’ll  probably do both.  A long-time friend and collector of my work phoned the other day, and after hearing about the project, he graciously offered to provide the funding for most of the supplies I needed.  I happily accepted the support, so it’ll only be a matter of time, before the old fool’s adventure is  translated into visual art.

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To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

Until next time, have a great week.

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What Can You Do But Laugh? First Oil Painting Of A New Series

Hello again art lovers!

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I’m so excited.  I recently finished up the first oil painting of a new series.  I’ve been thinking on the series for some time now.  My wife bought a clown nose from Walgreens for Red Nose Day, a charity that helps children in poverty. I painted a watercolor about a week later that got the ball rolling, but with these type of creative endeavors, the concepts take time to grow, morph and multiply into something tangible.

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 In last week’s blog post, I shared some of the early charcoal pastel/oil stick studies.  The studies were really helpful in the development.  I can’t wait to see how they’ll translate into oil paint.

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I like the way the first piece translated.  As you can see below, the color is vivid, the paint is thick and the pallette knife and brush work is a laugh,  Speaking of laughter, I’m sure you’ve noticed that laughter is the theme.  I figure laughing could be the best remedy, especially when things are greasy, crazy and tits up.  Anyway, I don’t have the artist’s statement worked out yet, but there’s no rush.  I hope you enjoy the upcoming pieces in the “Kakhati” series.

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To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

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New Art + Limited “Venus” Editions + The Summer Sale

Hello again art lovers.

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I’ve been pretty busy, so I have a lot to cover in this blog entry, but I’ll keep it as brief as possible.

Summer is here and to celebrate, I have decided to have a “Summer Sale” on art works. Works in the “Summer Sale Facebook album will be temporarily  discounted From Wednesday July 13, 2016 until midnight on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016.  

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 Some pretty nice pieces  like this 2012 oil painting titled “47′” are available.

To See what is else specially priced. just click here.  If you see anything you like, personal message me on Facebook or email me via  ckirkart.com. 

 

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Next up, I have two new “Siren” pastel studies completed.  I have quit a few more left undone, but I think they’ll have to wait a while.  That being said, I have really enjoyed working with the medium and imagery.

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And finally, by popular demand, I have decided to offer high-quality. limited edition prints of the “Venus#1” watercolor study.  The edition size extremely limited at only 15 prints mid-sized made available.

 I have a feeling these editions will go quickly, so please contact me via ckirkart.com for inquiries. 

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To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

   
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Adding A Little Color To Life – 2 New Watercolors

Hello again art lovers.

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I needed to add a little color in my life, so I painted a few new watercolors.  Well, two are complete, but I’m not sure if the third will be finished.  It may work better as a charcoal or oil.  The first watercolor is titled “Days Of Yore & The Eternal Now”.  The Second is “Venus#1”.  a month or two back, I did a chalk pastel study for Venus#1.  I’ll post it below as well.  Feel free to tell me which version you like better.

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The piece above reuses imagery from art created in 2013 & 2014

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Which Venus do you prefer?  The Watercolor study…

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or the pastel study?

 

To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

   Until next timehave a great week.

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A New Erotic Mythology – Siren#4

Hello again art lovers.

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I’ve been busying myself with Siren studies.  In Greek Mythology, the Sirens were beautiful, but dangerous creatures who lured sailors to their doom with enchanting songs.  Since I’m working in chalk pastel and not music, my “Siren” studies focus more on sexuality and playful but odd physical gestures.

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To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

   Until next timehave a great week.

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A New Higher-Quality Image Of Re Imagining GOZER

Hello again art lovers,

I hope you’ve all had a great week.

I became bogged down on the study for my last oil painting.  I’m glad I didn’t actually start squeezing paint out of the tube and smearing it on canvas yet, because since then, I’ve totally reworked the composition.  Anyway, I used some of the down time to re photograph some older pieces.  I’ve been wanting to re shoot quite a bit of my older work ever since purchasing a new camera over a year ago, so I’m pleased that I finally managed to get to the task. Below is a higher quality image of “Re Imaging Gozer”.  The camera captured a lot more of the detail, heavy smears of oil paint, and the vinyl/paper collage underneath.  Take a look.

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In other news, the recent studies I found from 2010 will be on sale a little longer before being taken down.  These works have never been featured on my website and are available for a limited time.  They’re visceral, moody and on sale on my shop page.

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For recent works, please visit my website ckirkart.com.  To view older art pieces, take a look at the

“Earlier Works” page of my website.

Until next time, have a great week.

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Fox Full Of Wind

Hello again art lovers,

I hope this week has been good for you.

I finished up a piece for the new “MR MIRACLE Mythos” arm of my Apoko-Lips series.  I’m low on canvas, so I painted over an old canvas that I had played over for the last two years.  Because of this, the texture was so rough, that initially , I had a great deal of trouble.  I pretty much wrote it off as a failure last week and went back to the drawing board with charcoal and paper.  I figured I would hash out the theme a bit more and pick the oil painting up once I had a new canvas to work on.  I’m compulsive once I initiate a painting, so of course, I started work on the piece again.  After a bit of playing around, I found a way to adjust to the rough canvas.  I’m reasonably happy with how the new work turned out.

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Study – Apoko-Lips#27, charcoal, chalk on 9 x 12″, textured paper, 2016

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Study – Apoko-Lips#27, charcoal, chalk on 18 x 24″, smooth bristol, 2016

ckirk_twentyseven_bFor other recent works, visit ckirkart.com  If you wold like to see a selection of earlier works, click here.

Until next time, have a great week.

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