I started this painting of Micheal McQuilken and the beautiful Adina Verson in early February 2013. It was inspired by a picture they sent to me on twitter after I sent them the calendar I created of my artwork.
This painting took over 2 months to paint and has been an adventure in new for me. I have NEVER painted any of the following items: Pineapple, Grapes, Drums, Abstract Flowers from Burma, Plantains, Portraits, Men, Morning Glories, Succulents, Sky, Hands, Or anything this complicated.
This painting was a breakthrough. I went to that Dionysian place of pure creativity and forgot to take care of other things in my life. It was not a mistake, it was wonderful.
I never experienced anything like the place I went to with this painting before. I think the most profound part for me was painting a hand. The hands, symbolic of all things creative, for me have to date looked like webbed fish fins. Painting and really seeing hands was an artistic epiphany.
Painting these two was also a joy and a meditation on love. I may very well do it again. I started this picture before they were engaged and completed it just after they announced their engagement. As I painted, I put love, joy and prosperity into the work for their life together.
Michael and Adina are an inspiration and I am glad for this amazing learning experience. So thank you for being the incredible, intense human beings you are. I look forward to collaborating with you again.
The painting was delivered shortly after I finished to a wonderful party with fabulous people, for OSR. The good news is that it got there in one piece and they liked it, it even matches their couch! The confusing part is that I am still not sure why I spent 3 months of my life doing this. No money changed hands, no commissions were gained, only love and learning came out of it. The universal impact of doing something unreasonable and beautiful for no particular reason has still not revealed itself to me. I