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NEW “Absolute: Contrive” Painting Completes A Set

Completing A Thought Through “Absolute: Contrive”

by Daric Gill

The occasional conversational sidebar can prove to be a helpful way to add extra depth to a particular idea without stepping aside completely. As the Absolute series has grown, there has been several micro-series within the larger set. Absolute: Contrive and its sister painting Absolute: Construct are such examples. Both pieces (photos below) are the same size and expand upon similarly themed content.  Read on for more information.

Absolute: Contrive, oil on refinished red oak. 22" x 26". 11.2.15
Absolute: Contrive, oil on refinished red oak. 22″ x 26″. 11.2.15
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“Who’s your inspiration?”: And The Answer You Didn’t Expect

“Who’s your inspiration?”: My Ballet Of Unlikely Answers

by Daric Gill

The first question an artist is asked upon introduction is, “What type of art do you make?”. This is quickly followed up by, “Who (or what) is your inspiration?”. These are reasonable questions. After all, almost everyone knows what an artist is, but aren’t really sure what an artist does. And certainly they don’t know where we get our ideas. Shoot… sometimes we don’t even know where they come from ourselves.

From experience I know that what I’m about to say is not the answer they are expecting:

My art and inspirations are interdisciplinary. So, by definition it’s not as easy to define. What then?

There’s always a ballet of rhetoric that I have to employ to maintain brevity, but still answer with clarity. The following article offers both the brief explanation of my inspirations as well as a more in-depth description on how I get inspired. And if you’re one of those people who want to know more about your fellow artists, but aren’t sure how to start-up the conversation, hopefully this can help.

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Sketching IN the Scioto

My Roaming Office: Searching For A “Perfect View”

Greatest perk of my job… an office wherever, whenever, I want.

Today I sketched in the Scioto River. Literally. I frequent this river often for inspiration. Yet, today is the first time I’ve stumbled upon a picnic table at the bottom of a 7 ft. dirt cliff and about 5 ft. offshore. Perched securely on submerged logs and anchored to a buried steel pole, this ready-made office was definitely in the Scioto River. And on purpose. Truly, a rare gift indeed. One thing is for sure; I will be visiting this ‘office’ again!

I intend on posting smaller bite-sized entries of my journey in the future. But in the meantime, I find it only right to lead off with a full post covering the last two weeks.  I invite you all to come along in my quest to find the perfect office view. 

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