Hawaii #5 “Valley of the Ghost Hand Puppet”

3January 2019

I was finally able to finish a painting.  The last seven months have been very busy tattooing.  I am still working toward my formal composition painting with each of these minor works.  I like the direction this is headed, however I am not prepared to take on the character yet.  I have the construct built, I do not have the liberty to become it yet.  Soon I will be set up where I can remove myself from the daily grind and get to work on the formal composition.
Hawaii #5 “Valley of the Ghost Hand Puppet”

I had a really good time painting this.  It reminds me of snorkeling, floating in the water, peering down beneath rocks and reef, and periodically looking at the mountains reaching deeply into the valley.  There’s more to it than that, but this painting was simply fun.  At one point I felt like the painting itself had failed and I had to rescue it from itself. 

I have been so crazy busy doing tattoos at the shop that I’ve just had no time to really finish this piece.  Which I believe was good because it gave me time to contemplate how I was going to rescue this painting.  It desperately needed to be rescued from the poor compositional choices I made early.

Below are a couple photos of the stages. 
This was really fun and I’m glad to have completed my fifth painting in the series. I am not sure how many of these I have inside me until the series is complete, but I will make the attempt to just keep going.  Everything is heading towards my formal composition “The Peloponnesian War” oil painting.  
2018 was the best year of my life, and I am looking forward to producing more work in 2019 as time allows.