Behind the Piece - Momentary Lapse of Reason

Hi Folks,

I hope you have been enjoying the spring weather.
This month, I have chosen to share the backstory on my painting Momentary Lapse of Reason. It just recently came back from the “My Environment Show” at the St. Pete Artworks gallery in St Petersburg, Florida. I received a few questions from people that saw it in the gallery, so I thought I might as well share the story with everyone.
The painting is loaded with colors and fun figures.  My inspiration came from watching a documentary about global warming. I was inspired by the fortitude of our planet, but also troubled by the challenges it faces. Mankind is a blip on the 4 billion plus year timeline of our planet, hence the title, Momentary Lapse of Reason. We have lost our way with respect to the environment and seem to justify it by enjoying economic benefits. I wanted to create a tribute piece to all things living with this painting.
When I begin on a piece like this, I first start by selecting the color palette that I want to work with. I lay the colors down in random shapes on the canvas and then layer more on top before I start to look for shapes that I want to call out. It is almost like building a puzzle in reverse. I never really know what shapes I am going to emphasize until I am more than halfway done with it. This particular paining is 36”x 36”, so on the larger side of the canvases that I work with.
The painting held a spot on one of my own walls for quite some time as my wife Mary loved the colors. Due to less wall space in the new home that we moving are to, I decided to enter it into a couple of local shows and I have added it back to my website for sale.
Hope you like it!