By: Kevin @ kevinleeconrad.com

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A new painting has now hatched in the studio. I guess that I have a little momentum built up now. It’s constructed out of two curved panels. See the previous post about this one. I haven’t decided on a title yet, but am considering something like “looking up from the cracks” or “build it higher”

My thinking behind this one has to do with extreme perspectives. When I look at this scene, I am viewing it from a worm’s-eye-view. I recommend looking at buildings and other structures from this perspective because it makes you think differently about how they’re built and how they manage to stay upright.

The other aspect of perspective has to do with how we build buildings today. I have an interest in design and architecture clearly falls under this category. Being in Stockholm, I have many times been awestruck by how well built things are here. The older buildings in particular are made to last. They are often massively over-engineered. This is the case if you look back even 100 or two hundred years. Back then, materials were in abundance and the labor with which to build them was cheap.

Today, however, we live in a different world. Materials are no longer as abundant and labor is not cheap when it comes to construction. This painting was based on a building from probably about the 1600’s. If you look at the buildings built just 20 years ago, you can see that they’re practically falling apart before they’re completed. This is partly the case here in Sweden and definitely the case in the US. Homes there are made to look good and it is this facade that attempts to deceive the eye and make it look like it is more substantial than it really is. I can’t help but think of McMansions or housing developments in the US as I write this.

So, this painting is also a time line in a sense. The lower part of the building represents a structurally unsound building, built out of what appears to be crumpled paper, while the upper half of the building seems substantial. This painting attempts to reflect the old adage of needing to “start with a good foundation.”

In so many words, this painting attempts to echo the times. I feel that many of us–at least in the developed world– want nice things with a nice facade, a nice surface. The flip side of this is that, because we are not willing to pay for nor prioritize quality, we ultimately wind up with a world that is made up of things that aren’t built to last.

From: Kevin @ kevinleeconrad.com

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This Winter has been fairly experimental. For a long time now, I’ve wanted my paintings to be more than just something that adorn a wall some place, but something that gives a room character. So, over the past few months I’ve been tinkering with the integration of painting and led lighting. It has proven successful. Today, I finished the final touches of a painting that I actually finished in January.

It now has electric lighting and glows in all its electric blueness.

I will be having a little exhibition in at the Farsta Culture Center, where I will not only showing this painting, but two more. I completed the second painting about a half an hour ago and the third is in the works. It will be a corner painting.

See the attached show card for more information.

From: Kevin @ kevinleeconrad.com

I had this first painting built several months ago, but didn’t quite know where to go with it until I had this aha moment on Monday. I realized that I would use an idea that’s been lying around in my sketchbook for several years. At the time that I made it, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. The strange thing was that the sketch seemed to be tailor-made for this oddly shaped canvas several years later. It was a serendipitous moment to say the least.

I felt inspired after meeting up with artist John Daily¬† at his exhibition today. After returning to the studio, I immediately jumped into the actual painting of this canvas. I had completed a loose drawing yesterday and often work a lot of detail into my drawings before continuing. Today, however, I decided to let the painting simply unfold. With this one, I am going to try and let the brush strokes remain loose. It’s probably too early to see what this painting represents, so I’ll tell you that it’s loosely based on a city scene. It might even remind those of you, who know my work well, of my “discarded scapes”. I think that this painting will actually be a long awaited continuation of that series.

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I am also experimenting with electricity (!) lately and am thinking of incorporating LED lighting on the back of some of my paintings. Below is a picture of a lighting example on my latest painting, “Span”. The lighting doesn’t produce any heat and is arranged on pliable strips that can be adhered anywhere. I am curious to see what others think. The lighting is a little cold, but I might try to warm it up with a gel or something…

Still in the development stages when it comes to incorporating lighting, but it’s an idea I’ve been exploring for a long time, now.

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At long last, I have finished this particular painting. Now it’s on to the next one. I don’t have a title for this one yet. Keep your eyes out on www.kevinleeconrad.com for an update and other information. It’s late, so this post is going to be a short one.

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As is often the case, my paintings are a process. As of late, it has been a very slow process, but I am working on even more layers on this most recent painting. I am now glazing a deep rose over the top of the cerulian blue layer. This will hopefully give me a red that glows. I ought to sell my paintings for much more than I do, considering the time investment. This is the artist’s lament!

I will soon post photos for the other painting that I’m working on as well, called “divergent thought”. It has a very unusual form…

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Here’s the most recent pic from the studio. How’s that for a short and sweet post?

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