Three weeks ago my wife and I adopted a three year old cat named Holly. She’s a wonderful addition to our home, and as you can see in the pictures below, an art enthusiast.
Above, are some rough designs. After putting them away, and moving onto another phase of the project, I recently took another look at them, and will likely make a few small changes. After that, I’ll put them away again, and repeat the process in a couple months. I find this helps a lot.
ABOVE: David McDonough, Spin, 2005, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches
BELOW: David McDonough, Spin (detail)
In my early twenties, I rediscovered a love of art that had laid dormant for years. Like many new artists, I started with painting, and although my first efforts where admittedly bad, over time, I grew better.
The above painting is the result of many years of struggle. By no means is it a masterpiece, but for me, it was the first painting that I finished, took a look at, and said: “yes, you are onto something here.”
Spin, was one of the last paintings I made. Shortly after, I changed course, started experimenting with new materials and subject matter, and began making work closer to what I make today.
Whether it’s refining my skills, style or message, making art will always be a challenge. It’s sometimes helpful to look at past projects to gauge where you came from, where you are, and where you want to go.
ABOVE: Edward Hopper, Chop Suey, 1929, oil on canvas, 32 x 38 inches
First, here is a quick timeline of the painting:
To date, no one has gone on record to state why things went down the way they did. Did Ebsworth have a falling out with the museum before he died? Does his family need the money? We may never know. Sadly, the painting (and others from the collection) may now disappear into a private collection.