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Thanks to everyone who made AGAST 2011 awesome.  Talking about painting to new people and selling a few in the process is always good times.  If you saw my work but were unable to get back to look at it again, shoot me an email and set up a studio visit at km@karlmetz.com.

 

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These paintings were generated over the course of about 15 hours.  Each one is 6″x12″ and the intent is to group them into larger compositions.

Overall, the experience was extremely valuable to me in that it gave me an opportunity to explore ALOT of different color compositions in a very short period of time.

Medium: Enamel Paint on Masonite
Size: 6″x12″

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Title: The Kelpie
Size: 24″ x 44″
Medium: Enamel on Masonite

The Kelpie is a mythical creature that takes the form of a wet horse to draw children and weary travelers near them.  If one tries to pet or mount the horse, the skin gets extremely sticky and the Kelpie drags the person into the darkest depths of the nearest body of water.  I think the moral to the story is to keep your hands off another man’s horse…

UPDATE:  They apparently call the Kelpie a “Nuggle” on the Orkney Islands.  Gaelic has some awfully cute words for dreadful monsters.

Dimensions: 24″ x 48″
Medium: Enamel on Masonite

While everyone else was out reveling on Saturday night, I was toiling away making sure my paintings were ready to hang at Fitness Together.  As a reward, I drank what some would consider a little too much calvados,  put the complete works of the Flaming Lips on shuffle and painted this.  I really like the area just right of center, I think it looks like a Morey Eel.

I would love to give this painting to Wayne Coyne, if you are Wayne Coyne, know Wayne Coyne,  or know someone who knows Wayne Coyne, I would appreciate any help you can give in helping me accomplish this mission.

Series Title: The Bacchae- Pentheus, Dionysus, and Thyrsus
Medium: Oil Enamel on Masonite
Size: 48″ x 24″ each
I did not intend intend for these paintings to be a series but when I placed them side by side this past Friday, I could not get over the affect caused by them as one unit. I guess you can chalk it up to gestalt if you lean that way, but regardless these painting vibrate together. I’ve named it the Bacchae as it is a celebration of so much of what I have been working toward with my foray into painting. Instinctual forms that embrace the materiality of the medium and create a visual experience that surpass the sum of its parts.


Medium: Enamel Paint on what appears to be an old old Artist’s worksurface.  I’m guessing it is MDF.
Size: 54″ x 42″
Music: Les Claypool: Live Frogs Set 2 (Pink Floyd’s Animals) & Lou Reed’s Dirty Boulevard.

The panel saw was broken at Lowes today which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  Unfortunately, I realized this after sifting through all of the masonite to find the one piece that was not chipped or water damaged.   Oh well, so it goes…

Feeling kind of dejected and without a surface to paint, I sulked back to the studio saying that this would be a good day to do some cleaning.  Fortunately, as is often the case, someone had the good foresight to leave me some material in the trash corridor.  Today it happened to be a very beat up desktop that really deserved a place in the wastebin, but I had bigger ideas.  No cleaning for me thank god… See above…

UPDATE: This was Mahalia Stines old workbench.  She makes beautiful jewelry and handpainted silk scarves.

Oil Based Enamel on MDF
24″ x 48″

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