“Absolute: Tie” — Painting An Outdoor Adventure
by Daric Gill
If you’ve ever read my blog before, you’ll know that I often find objects of inspiration while hiking through the woods and abandoned spaces. This latest painting was no different. On a beautiful fall afternoon I loaded my backpack up with drawing tools and headed off for the woods. Sitting atop a seatless picnic table, I roughed out the beginnings of what would become my next Absolute painting. Continue for full article and image gallery.
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An expressive brush stroke underlines these two tied-together spikes. Each object has its earned patina. The routed edge that outlines the painting fades from wood grain on the top half to a rich opaque darkness on the bottom. The artwork’s call number is embossed on this gradient edge as well as on the backside.
Made from a reclaimed vintage mahogany end table, the latest Absolute painting measures just over 1 ft x 2 ft. Mahogany has been one of my favorite species of wood for some time now. It has a beautiful orange hue and is extremely stable. Since autumn is a time of colorful expressions, I found it only apt to use such a pretty orange color as a substrate.
Interesting Fact: Certain species of mahogany stain my skin purple
You’d never know how pretty the wood was if you just took the discarded table at face value (photo below). As it was found, it could hold little more than a glass of water without wobbling. It needed reborn into something new. This could also be said for the metallic ribbon found attached to a downed telephone pole from the early 20th century. You know, the kind with those amazing blue-green glass pole insulators?
Buried under broken glass and shards of splintered railroad beams of yesteryear, I can only speculate that this collection of rusty metal waited for the better part of a century before entering my world. Then, they waited even longer on my desk while I decided on the right moment and the right painting to use them.