I have been working slow and steady on one painting over the past six months. I have been painting professionally for a long time and I would have considered a large piece three feet by four feet. This current painting I am working on is eight feet high and twelve feet long. The painting includes a view of my home town of Grand Rapids MI as well as a double portrait of the iconic beerhorstian ladies that I have been painting over the past 4 years that seem to come from some where between the late forties and early fifties. I hope this painting works but one can never be quite sure.
I read recently that Henry Ford had a lot of doubt about the quadracycle he was working on for many months of evenings out in his shed. After having to knock down one of the walls to get the thing out one night it not only rolled out into the street but if fired up and he was able to take it for a spin. He was quoted as saying to his wife, "The damn thing ran!" He had no idea what he was actually kicking into motion that summer.
Though my project is also too big to go through the door, it is painted on three interlocking panels that are bolted together. This means I will not have knock a wall of my studio down.
The painting is the main focal point of an installation that will be going into The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts this September during ArtPrize 2014. We will be in the first gallery on the main floor. I look forward to seeing you there.
I have been able to sustain my family while I work on this project because of the generous investments from the following local businesses. A hearty thank you to:
Celebration Cinema, Brightly, ADMG Architects, The Bank of Holland and Greymatter Group