The Making of This Painting
I have been meaning to sit down and connect with you, but sometimes I find writing difficult. I notice that when I think too much about what you might think when reading it, well then, the task becomes even more difficult. Maybe that’s worthy of investigation at some point, but today is a day to celebrate the addition of a new work into Masterworks permanent collection.
I am pleased that Masterworks’ Acquisition Committee have seen fit to add this painting to it’s Bermudiana Collection.
I am especially excited because of the story that it tells. The more works of art which tell the story of Bermuda and her people, the richer and more valuable the collection. I am grateful that there are people who are happy to serve on committees such as these. As an artist I want to create. I also want to create works which will be seen by those who may never personally own a painting.
I want to see everyone of us represented on the walls of Masterworks, The Bermuda National Gallery and especially in public spaces. I want those of you who love art to remember that you can always partner with me to gift to institutions. If you think there should be representative works of let’s say the value of police in our community, you may commission me to create it, and you may in turn gift such a painting to the museum or organization. Wouldn’t this allow you to gift from your area of interest and provide me with more opportunities to create? I know there are many collectors whose walls are full, but who are still passionate about art. Public art is so important in humanizing us. Give it some thought and let’s talk about how this may be accomplished.
I have had calls and questions about the painting ,so I decided to provide background information here.
Who was the boy in the painting?
The subject of this painting was a boy I taught in primary school. He was about nine or ten when I photographed him in his paper hat. The painting was produced in June of this year 2013
What’s Going on in the Painting
A boy is wearing a paper hat. The hat was the creation of yet another child whose task it was to design a hat made only of newsprint paper. The Royal Gazette Newspaper often give teachers the end roll of the newspaper. The students were given only miles of paper, no glue, no clips, no tape. Their task was to work as a designer and create a hat for their assigned partner. When the subject was at last allowed to look into a mirror, he was very pleased with what he saw.
Why was the painting untitled?
It was an oversite on my part. The original title was Boy with Paper Hat but then one painting became four, so I titled him Imagination. Children With Paper Hats has itself become a series. The larger work for which Paper Hats is a part is The Sharon Wilson Gold Collection which you may view and read about here: https://bermuda-art.com/the-sharon-wilson-gold-collection/
As of the writing of this newsletter, the other three are still available.
medium : encaustic on birch ply
12×14″ image size
18×22″ framed size
price: $2,500 framed
these three are available
What I saw
Every-time I look at him, I am reminded of an airplane pilot moving through the air with his scarf blowing in the wind. I have no idea what he was thinking. I do remember the designer being very surprised that the hat turned out so well.I remember that he lamented the fact that he could not remove his hat from the model and keep it for himself. You can see that the model is very pleased with himself even though we cannot see much of his face. He appears to have his arms crossed (even though we don’t see that)
What drew me to paint this image
I liked the sculptural quality of the slightly crushed paper. I appreciated the feel of movement created by the way the paper sticks out at the back as though he were moving quickly through space. I appreciated interpreting his thoughts without the baggage of seeing who he is. What I mean is that he was even more alive for me because I do not see his entire face. Superman was transformed because of his cape, this child was transformed because of his paper hat which wraps around his his head and mouth.
Why is the Painting Without much color? Your palette is usually much brighter
When I began, I was focused on creating a monochromatic underpainting, but once I had achieved the underpainting I realized that the picutre really didn’t need more color. It had a classic simplicity.