This is an 8" square painting. The stopper corks in the Blanton bottles have 8 different configurations of horse and jockeys and each one has one letter of the word BLANTONS. There are collectors out there that collect the stoppers so it can spell out the name. Here in Louisville Ky you can get a curved barrel stay that has holes drilled to place the 8 stoppers in. We are up to our eyeballs in bourbon here.
I started this series of small (6” x 6”, 6” x 8”, 5” x 7”) paintings in May 2009 as a daily practice and discipline in order to liberate my work by painting from life in a restricted amount of time. In carefully considering placement, shape and color, I strive to find the essence and beauty of common objects in a fast-paced world that is dominated by electronic gadgets and digital images. It is my hope that people will stop, look and see the dignity and soul of things that are often taken for granted.
Composition and lighting are key elements in the creative design process, allowing me to create a lively and often humorous narrative.