Blood Waterfall: a surreal landscape
The mountains define me
they confine me
they own me
I know how to escape
First we lost the beacon.
We thought it would be OK.
Now the dreams can’t get out. We can’t get out, either.
I suppose the blood is on the engineer’s hands, but it sure seems like it’s going to be all over all of us pretty soon.
I’m sure this is just a metaphor.
Here’s a look at how this painting appeared at one point while in progress.
When I get a surreal idea, often I get caught up in turning it into something physical immediately. When this happens, I typically don’t remember to catch interesting stages of the work. I’m getting better about this, because I’m finding that I’m really curious about other artists’ processes. I may as well set a good example and let others in on mine.
The fact that I get so caught up in my art idea is also why a lot of my art has a sketchy, rushed appearance.
It’s rushed, probably.
That was true of this painting, but I also had to entertain myself for a little while I waited for the paint to dry at one point. Hence, a photo exists.
You can learn more about the making of Blood Waterfall in the video below.
One time I had Blood Waterfall on display at an art show. One guy at the show just stared at it for what seemed like 20 minutes.
Finally, he and I got to talking. He told me that the painting brought back an experience he had. “It’s the strangest thing,” he told me. “Something about that painting.”
Naturally, I asked him about his experience.
He went on to tell me about a time when he was in Alaska and had some kind of brutal accident in the wilderness. Somehow (I didn’t get all the details) he ended up watching his own blood pour out over the snow.
And this painting caused him to relive the whole thing. (Yeesh, sorry man.) By this point I had no idea how to respond. I think I just said something like “wow.” And we just stood there.
It was awkward.
Needless to say, he did not buy this painting. It is currently part of my private collection and hangs on the wall in my studio.
I’m not sure if I’ll put the original on public display any time soon. ;)
Ways I come up with surreal ideas
I come up with a lot of surreal art ideas like this one. If you’re curious about how I do it, you can check out some of theses tips.