Sometimes, as a storyteller/artist, I don't even know what the story is until someone like you, dear reader, comments on how the piece feels to them. And then there is a little AHA lightbulb - it is often spot-on. We are complicit, you and I, in these tales woven in paint. I like the idea that we're conspiring together.
About the art: beginning with a heavily textured and gesso'd canvas, painting a portrait in oil paint (this one inspired by a photo of a coal miner). The underpainting was allowed to dry for several days. Then adding thick, loose oil paint (mixed with Liquin) in large brush strokes all over the face. Moving the paint with squeegee and rubber wedge from left to right. I returned to the details with a small brush to bring out the eyes and face highlights again. Then, a Gamsol-soaked wet brush dragged along top edges and allowed to run through the wet paint, leaving delicious texture. Want to see it in action? Head over to my instagram for a little video.