During these unusual times, with the intention to get my work where eye will see it I've created an Online Gallery space temporarily for anyone who might be interested in seeing what's new. In an effort to give you a different online gallery experience, I have put it together as a work-in-progress space (below) because people seem to show an interest in the evolution of the work. (My Instagram page is another place I share this process.) I hope you enjoy the endeavor. Each piece is in varying degrees of completion. I will be adding and removing work as it develops so please stop by often. If you have any questions please contact me at: email@example.com. Thank you. ~ Lark
I wanted to share a new one I started on Weds., 11/11/20 and I'm completely consumed with. I’m trying to keep things on the raw side aesthetically, as I often cover up the collage with paint but with this one I used vintage newspapers that date back to the 1980’s. I love the look of the yellowing paper. This one is 36 x 48" oil and collage on birch panel. The collage on the little girl's clothes says, "Love is more than a lifetime commitment.” Sunday morning I applied the gold leaf, which is never easy, but I really love the effect. Today I will start painting the figures so it will change drastically now. I just wanted to share my latest obsession.
With all the turbulence we are going through, I needed to paint something comforting, soothing to my nerves. This woman represents “Our Lady” (Mother Mary) comforting a small child. She has an expression of concern for the child, almost worry. I was working on this idea the week of the election and was filled with anxiety. I can narrate it to say the little girl is one of the many undocumented children that were separated from their parents this year and seem to be lost forever in the system. Or I can say, she represents all of us right now, trying to cope in this rough world. But I would prefer if the viewer decided what the narrative would be. These are the feelings going through me right now, though.
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I wanted to share to evolution of these paintings, as some people seem to want to see the process. They often go through many changes from the original drawing like with "After The Equinox." She started with long flowing hair, but then I felt it needed a more timeless look, so I pulled her hair back, (my favorite hairstyle for painting, I've come to realize). I start with the basic grid system to lay down the quick sketch then go into oil there after.
This piece will be framed in vintage rustic wood. I hope you enjoy the effort.
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The tragic sudden death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and friends in late winter hit home pretty hard. I've always turned to painting when I was troubled about something and this was definitely one of those times. I wanted to share what's new in the studio. Hope you enjoy the effort. Thanks.
This new painting is 36x48" oil and collage on birch.
I hope you are well and staying safe still. I have to admit it’s been emotional. To say this has been a challenge, is stating it lightly. Well, I started a new painting and wanted to send along to you the latest subject I’m completely consumed with these days. I caught an inspiring clip of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez giving a powerful speech last week. It was a moving response on how she was accosted by a fellow congressman, (Republican), Mr. Yoho, when she was minding her own business, walking in to cast her vote on the steps outside the House. Mentally I was in that uncomfortable stage between paintings, kinda floundering and feeling somewhat lost until I came across her in the news. I have several paintings going for this reason, but most are almost finished, (and the image for a new painting is waiting for approval, on a John Lewis piece). Well, I've been wanting to paint AOC for a while but was moved by her speech to do it next on the painting line up. So last week I started laying down a drawing for a new painting and thought I'd share progress pics here. I spent a little more time on the drawing before I went into the painting and was able to get the underpainting started at the end of last week. I’m trying to be careful to get her expression down right. This one is 36x48” and will be framed in vintage wood, I believe. I have saved a bunch of newspaper clippings of current events with the subject of inequality (BLM protests, her recent speech), and started the collage last night. I think the title will be “Equality, And I Will Be Free” from Maya Angelou’s Equality poem, part of a new series on heroes & heroines called “Good Trouble.” Okay, that’s it for now. I better get back to work. More progress pics soon. Have a good day!
I put this video together to show the evolution of this painting. It is a few weeks away from completion so all images are WIP.
This one was the first in the Seasons series. She is a young woman, around eighteen years of age. She's full of life and exited about the world. The headdress went through many stages and months of work, but I enjoyed it all. I started with cardboard packaging material then built on it with oil. Then, the world was hit with Covid-19 and everything changed.
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