Local artist and musician Sally Truitt will be the featured artist at The Stone Cup for the month of January. If one of
your New Year’s resolutions was to partake in a few more local “cultural events,” then this is right up your alley. The Guardian Monsters and Protect-o-bots paintings are just simply fun paintings for kids of all ages (and they’re for sale too, I think).
In the words of the artist, “For me, painting is probably the most unsheltered I get with my art. I do not like to be watched while I paint. It is as if I am working through something deeply personal. I often paint on old window glass from behind so the process is backwards. I need to paint very fast using this technique and there is no way to predict what the final piece will look like until I cease painting and turn the window over. It can be very frenzied and often feels like I have been working out at the gymnasium instead of painting in the studio. Sometimes when I am done I like the way the back looks better than the front. In those cases I have great difficulty knowing which perspective to give prominence to. So I don’t sell that piece.
“If someone enjoys my painting style, and asks for a custom piece, I might paint several versions before I feel like I have come up with one that I think captures the idea that the client was trying to impress upon me. I imagine I am the person. I try to think how they might think, try to envision how the world might look from their eyeballs, and wonder what might feel exciting for them to look at every day as they walk past that painting. Then I realize that I must have been wrong about what they wanted and I totally and completely misunderstood. So, I don’t sell that piece.”
“Every once in a while I feel compelled to paint things that don’t belong to me, like huge silos or tall columns at a rural cement factory. I find it exciting to change the perspective of an environmental backdrop for travelers who have driven past every day for years and never considered their surroundings. All of a sudden, there is something different about that setting; it pops out and you take notice. Surprise! Now your drive home is not as mundane. Unfortunately, that usually draws the attention of local law enforcement as well. So I don’t sell that piece.
“Recently, while browsing the worldwide web searching for similar scenarios about artists who have had a hard time letting go of their work, I came across this quote: ‘It’s not your painting anymore. It stopped being your painting the moment that you finished it.’ -Jeff Melvoin. Oh. Ok then. Let the show begin.”