From work in progress

Royal Typewriter in Progress

 

I haven’t shared anything on my blog in a few weeks because I’m knee deep in several complex paintings. I don’t know how some people have the time to share so much on social media. Every time I decide I should post on Instagram or Facebook it seems to take way longer than anticipated. I’d rather be painting.

Royal Typewriter / Work in Progress by Christopher Stott
Royal Typewriter / Work in Progress

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Vintage Alarm Clocks Painting in Progress by Christopher Stott
Vintage Alarm Clocks / Work in Progress

Oh, summer. You make it so hard to stay focussed in the studio. The lure of the sunny beaches and trails to explore. Please grant me a few overcast or rainy days so I can lock myself in the studio for a few hours to finish these paintings.

Vintage Alarm Clock Painting in Progress
Vintage Alarm Clock / Work in Progress

Once these two paintings are complete, they’ll be heading to the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California.

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Ten Vintage Alarm Clocks Oil Painting by Christopher Stott

Another quick glimpse at one of the paintings I’ve been working on.

I’ve spent a great deal of time working on the shadows and highlights on this piece.

As with all my work, looking at it on your screen – a computer, a phone, an iPad – it’ll look far more tight than it does in the flesh. When standing in front of the actual painting you’ll see several think layers of paint.

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Vintage Camera Painting in Progress

Above is an early evening view of the easel as I shut down after a long day of working with tiny brushes on the details of these vintage cameras. I like seeing the paintings in different light, I grabbed my iPhone and took this quick snap as the light faded.

For over a month now I’ve been flowing along in the studio, working on numerous paintings that will be heading to the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles for an exhibition running from May 21 – June 25, 2016.

The paintings I’ve been working on are complex and full of details, so all my focus and energy has been on the paintings. By the time I’m done a painting session I find myself a bit mentally exhausted. Retreating from social media is important when I’m focussing on painting. There seems to be this pervasive pressure to constantly share what one is up to in the studio, but honestly, I find it easier to just rest instead of coming up with something put on Facebook or Instagram.

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Work in Progress / Vintage Fan
Work in Progress / Vintage Fan

This painting of a little blue electric fan is in the beginning stages.

2015 was a very busy year for me. I had two solo exhibitions which I find remarkable that I was able to pull off. Not sure how I was able to do that… or if I’d ever do that again in coming years.

Right now I have several paintings in the works in my studio. I’m enjoying my time focussing on painting and have decided to take a bit of a break from social media and get some work done. I’ll share what I’ve been up to at the beginning of 2016.