Well after much deliberation, I decided to paint the Nike of Samothrace. I am pretty excited about it since it is my absolute favorite statue. It also fits the criteria I made for myself: the new composition must have at least one layer that is a photo that I took myself on my recent trip to France and Spain. Technically the photo is from three years ago, but it still counts since I saw her again... The canvas is moderately substantial size, 41 by 52 inches. The composition doesn't have an insane amount of detail like Nova Hydrographica so I should be able to finish it in a reasonable amount of time. Fingers crossed!
The edited photo below is the base layer for the upcoming composition.
Nova Hydrographica, 32 x 48 inches, acrylic on canvas, July 2017- July 2018, $2,500.
This image is made up of three layers: a map from 1630 by Henricus Hondius, a classroom template of the countries of the world in 2017, and splattered paint.
One of the maps I altered in pixlr express, and one of the maps I altered in photoshop. I then sandwiched them together digitally with the splattered paint image to get the overall composition. The image is gridded, the canvas built to size, and the composition is meticulously painted by hand.
Well, I've nearly settled on the new composition for my next painting. It's definitely going to be the Nike of Samothrace on a canvas that I just stretched that is 41 x 52 inches. How abstract it will be is the mystery now.
I didn't end up going to the Indianapolis City Market to sell stuff Friday... I have so little drive to be social and interact with people in order to maybe sell a print... I would much rather nerd out on art in my atelier.