Blue Morpho & Mending
by Daric Gill
The Absolute series of paintings often pairs natural elements along side more man-made subject matter. As I explore my surroundings for content that matches with the overall vision of my next piece, I find that my work naturally has corresponding seasons with the world around me. This year’s spring has brought with it new inspirations and new adaptations. Now introducing Absolute: Mend, my latest oil painting. Continue reading to see more of this piece.
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A few years ago, I scored a pretty large stash of what appears to be barn shelving. Most of these larger planks are made with 2 or more pieces of wood that over time have cracked or separated apart. Absolute: Mend offers both a conceptual and literal interpretation to the viewer. The 2 halves had to be broken apart to prevent additional splitting. Then, the edges were honed flat and glued back together.
Most people don’t realize that research is mandatory for all Absolute paintings. This is done both academically and in-field. I spend a considerable effort working out concepts that hit multiple tiers of content. The general ‘wow factor’ is something that I hope always translates to anyone who sees the work. But far more importantly, there’s also a pretty hefty philosophy that backs this series. I spend the days before a painting taking small hikes into nature which can help ground the base-line esotericism to something more approachable. And vise versa; many times nature helps remind me just how complicated, meaningful, and intricate our lives are if one just looks closer.
As it happens, I ironically had a massive head-cold brought on by allergies during the majority of this piece. The waterfall featured above was my only real attempt to hike during the preparations of this painting. Thankfully, I have a membership to the Franklin Park Conservatory, which serves as my outdoors when it’s too cold or rainy (or I’m too sick) to explore. Deciding to forgo the wet hike, I opted to see the “Blooms & Butterflies” exhibit at the conservatory. Armed with just my iPhone, I knew the final inspiration had come to fruition. Though I did not set out to take photographs of the butterflies, I am including a few shots just so you can see some of the splendor.
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