I'm starting to change up my painting process. When I started painting on old prints I found in thrift stores and garage sales, I put characters either into the paintings or manipulated the characters in the paintings. I still paint subjects into the backgrounds, but recently I started looking at my "canvases" differently.
My work is a creation/destruction process. I am destroying other people's work by creating my own vision on top of it. Sure there is humor involved in many of these pieces, but grounded underneath the humor is me destroying someone else's work. As I looked at the canvases I haven't painted on yet, I started thinking differently about the destructive process. I wanted to find new ways to disrupt the audiences view of the original work. By looking at the paintings more abstractly, as a background with shapes and colors to build upon, It freed me to paint images with a different meaning than just how they fit in with the premade background I found.
Ben J Hutchison
I am an aspiring children's book writer and illustrator.