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What’s Your Day Job?

My filmmaker friend, Seth Douglas, featured me and my art in a short documentary about people who follow their passion every day for work. I’m joined on screen by a choir director, comics writer, and drummer/photographer—pretty cool, huh? We filmed a year or two ago and seeing it again has got me thinking. Although it has taken a lot of persistence and patience for me to get where I’m at now, this documentary and my cameo reminds me that my day job is in fact my dream job. When the going gets tough, I often forget that. So it’s nice to get that reminder.

The film is called Other Work.  I think it’s a great short documentary and hopefully it will end up in the Hollywood Theater’s PDX project at the airport.

Commission in the Works

spieth-wickman- Commission painting

I love working on these commissions. Here’s some work-in-progress photos. I’m excited to see what it will end up like and how it’ll look in the custom frame I’m building for it.

Sanding a custom frame

Introduction to the Dutch

Still Life with Turkey Pie (Peter Claesz, 1627, oil on panel)

Still Life with Turkey Pie (Peter Claesz, 1627, oil on panel)

"Biggie Patch Kidney P.I.E." 2015, oil on linen, 44" x 60", 112 x 152 cm

Biggie Patch Kidney P.I.E. (Christian Rex van Minnen, 2015, oil on linen)

A few weeks ago, I got to meet and check out the process of Colorado and NY artist Christian Rex Van Minnen—a painter who has adopted the classic portrait and still life techniques of Dutch Masters from the Golden Era. As you can tell, he makes some surrealist adjustments to the Dutch tradition.

The process of building up layer upon layer of transparent paint takes time and patience, but the result is really spectacular. Skin looks alive, objects have texture and depth. I’m excited to see where this goes for my own work.

Here’s my own work-in-progress. I didn’t have time to finish it in Colorado, but am returning to it in Portland some time this week.

Meeting Van Minnen was part of a week workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO. I was incredibly fortunate to return there this summer.