This painting was created with my beautiful, intelligent, Halloween-influenced wife who I've known for 36 years! She's also an excellent painter, great at drawing, crafty with papier-mache and a fun ceramic artist.
This is our first collaboration painting where we decided on the size of the canvas, colors that spoke to us and brushes to use.
Why we haven't been creating more art together in the past is unknown but we know we are looking forward to our second painting together!
Here we kind of used a similar method as David and I did in 2015 (below), instead of one brush stroke at a time and turning it, we both spent about five minutes on opposite sides then turned the painting counter-clockwise.
An amazing artist and good friend of mine, David Gillespie, visited me for a couple days during his adventuresome travels across the United States. David and I met in art school and from there on had many collaborative projects circulating, such as wacky, speedy, blind contour drawings, collages, sculptures, and purely, excellent conversations about art.
The way we created this painting:
We sat at a round table with this canvas in between us. I would do a single brush stroke of paint, then hand the brush to David, where he would add only one brush stroke. Then, we would turn the canvas 180 degrees and I would paint with one brush stroke and so on.
At times we favored an area or found ourselves attacking a space with paint until the color, composition or balance felt satisfying.
My best friend of 30+ years, asked me to help paint a famous skateboarding image inside his house in the foyer of the Screaming Hand by Jim Phillips.
Took us two nights.