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Spines and Handplants 10
Spines and Handplants 10"x10" Oil on Canvas painted on location at #MoxiSkateCamp featuring @lorraine_of_terror on the spine and @thatoneref_ shredding the bowl. This is the second painting I started and the last one I finished last weekend. While a broken wrist kept me from trying new skate tricks, it did allow me to concentrate on my painting (though it took a lot of practice and time to figure out how to paint as a lefty with no wrist action.) Beside patience with myself, the big lesson I took from camp this year relates both to painting and skating. Success comes from a good foundation. In skating it is learning the fundamentals and becoming familiar with every new skate environment before throwing out your tricks. When painting skaters in action I felt the most successful when I painting in the entire skate environment before putting in the skaters. This took incredible patience because so many amazing skaters were doing brilliant I wanted to capture each moment. Unfortunately the paintings fall flat when I haven't "built" the place they are going to skate first. So I tried to get the whole foundation in before the tricks;) I want to steal the term "skatescapes" from @lorraine_of_terror because these are really tributes to the places we skate and I want anyone to be able to put themselves in there. The little impressions of skaters doing big tricks is to give the space context and give the viewer a glimpse at possibilities. Just as Instagram cannot compare to seeing this painting in person, my painting cannot compare to seeing the best rollerskaters in action. But both can take you a way for a moment and remind you and motivate you for what can be, or just warm you with nostalgia for what once was. Shout out to the rad instructors dropping knowledge on skaters while I was working on this @mrs_muertos @enzotight @octanejane94 @tarahbishop999 @_cecilia_andrea_ @jadedvanna93 @kianayouwanna @estrojen ...and so many more, you all blew my mind and I clearly can't shut up about it🀩🀩🀩 What a privilege to sit up close and imbibe it all. So much more feelings and learning moments from this one little painting but I've run out of room.....