Oil, Graphite, Oil Stick on Canvas
36 x 48 x 1.50 in (91.44 x 121.92 x 3.81 cm)
This painting is named Abstract Landscape 11 because he used photos taken from a DJI Phantom as inspiration for the composition. He has 3000 or so drone photographs of various landscape details from 50 to 350 feet high. He uses these photos as reference and inspiration for this painting series.
He used various charcoals and graphite sticks/pencils to sketch the composition on the canvas; then quickly map-out values using various shades of the primary colors. He continued painting, changing directions as he went, modifying the composition, the colors, the values etc... As a contemporary artist, Steven believes an essential part of a painting is the paint itself; he intends the paint to run, drip, cover, shade and express its properties on the canvas. As a student of painting, Steven loves to explore other artists' work - looking for the how, when and why of a painting as much as the content or meaning. Therefore, he leave traces of the underneath layers, marks, colors, etc. to be seen.