Star Man - David Bowie ORIGINAL
This portrait of David Bowie is from the album cover of Aladdin Sane. It was released in April 1973. A few months later, the Bowies would move near his Rolling Stones pal Mick Jagger in London. So, why did I pick Bowie? He was always reinventing himself. He was Ziggy Stardust (pictured here), Major Tom, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke, and more. The only thing predictable about him was his evolution and I thought that was awesome.
Bowie was like Prince: just a bottomless well of creativity and originality. He could have stayed with any given persona. People still would have bought tickets and albums. But he chose to constantly evolve instead, and that’s impressive. I love pushing myself with anything new and different. So, what a better place to start than on a David Bowie portrait using a method I’d never tried before.
This project spanned three live-painting events: the first two were for YouTube and the last one was during a fundraiser held at The Factory in Franklin near Nashville. But I was never happy with the look of the Aladdin Sane cover art I was trying to recreate. It started out as a traditional painting uses brushes, just like you’d expect. Finally, I decided to bring the painting home and try something completely different. I laid the canvas on the floor of my garage where I set up cans of paint with stir-sticks in each one.
You know Jackson Pollock paintings with all the paint drips? Well, that’s what I had it mind, but Pollock’s were random drips and splatters. So, instead of brush strokes, I decided to try my hand at painting an object by only using the drop technique. Meaning that my drips were contained and intentional instead of random. But it was still a hot mess! There were paint splatters and drips everywhere in my garage. But I got what I wanted when it was done. And I listened to David Bowie albums the whole time, including Aladdin Sane! For a photo and video tour of the process, check out my blog.
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