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If I'm honest, it hadn't occurred to me that artists wouldn't consider submitting their work for publication or an art prize to be noteworthy. I spent four months of very focused effort on my first conceptual series and felt extremely accomplished upon submission. Not only did I meet a hard deadline early, I focused on my personal conceptual work for the first time outside of college.
This concept page is based on the classic myth of the Sirens with the addition of the Kraken as antagonist; but to whom? The sirens are both beacon and snare; symbols of allure and wildness best left unexplored and untrampled.
Cate really stood out at the Wild Woman Portrait Launch Event I held last fall with my friend and collaborative partner, Katie of 12 Gage Photography. All of our models were unique and stunning, but none brought the level of verve and self-confidence exhibited by Cate. She literally arrived with cases of costumes and props.
The lotus flower is the central inspiration for this portrait, based on photos I took at a bird sanctuary in Mobile, Alabama. Countless poets and philosophers have made analogies based on the growth of the water lily, resulting in a wealth of rich symbolism.
The central figure of Amphitrite, based on a self-portrait, explores the struggle to surmount overwhelming odds. The tiny figure refuses to back down from a gargantuan opponent that lurks mostly outside the point of view of the main composition. The driftwood beach and pale sky featured in the background further emphasize the desolation of the environment and peril faced by the subject of the composition.
This portrait develops a concept based on the goddess Athena. I narrowed my focus entirely to her face and her relationship to the owl perched on her shoulder. In future renditions of this concept, I hope to refine Cate's facial expression and the details of texture and lighting hinted at in this piece.
When the concept book accompanies the artwork in exhibition, it gives the viewer a clearer understanding of the long hours of research, contemplation, model interviews, and photo shoots that contribute to each piece of art.
As promised, I'm checking in to update you on the studio process and preparation of materials for an oil painting on wood panel.