This piece is a return to form, back to my earlier Rothko inspired roots/works, yet with my own twist. Although a huge Rothko fan, I now wish to push the horizontal duo/trio-tone color patterns and add a third vertical dynamic, as well as more fragmented color schemes around the edges, in an attempt to perhaps offer new depth and character to the composition. I’ve been on a deep dive into Jackson Pollock’s work this past year, which is reflected in my latest run of paintings, and I feel like I’m just now coming out of that phase. Interesting story – when I first painted “Mental Photograph” I had truly no knowledge of who Mark Rothko was until a couple painter/friend’s saw my post on social media and commented that the painting reminded them of early Rothko. I said, “who’s that…?” Thus began a wonderful and frightening discovery for me. On one hand I felt very excited to naturally gravitate towards a painting style of arguably one of the greatest painters ever to live, yet at the same time was worried that people would think I was blatantly copying him. Since then, I’ve researched him deeply, visited his works in every gallery I could, and ultimately fell in love. I guess I could say the same about Pollock. Both of them have a had a profound influence on me. I’m acutely aware of trying not to replicate or copy their respective style(s). Fortunately, with time and experimentation, I believe I’ve discovered that I actually prefer the direction I’m heading in. Again, re Rothko and this latest piece, of adding a vertical element along with light touches of fragmented colors that hopefully complement. I’m still so hypnotized by the raw power of two or 3 dominant horizontal colors that complement each other and radiate a powerful and beautiful emotional feeling. It’s hard to get away from that completely. At least not for the foreseeable future. – BB
I’m super proud to release the very first episode of the new “What’s Your Story?” podcast, which I’ve created along with Chrissy Carpenter. During each episode, we’ll get an inside look at the everyday lives of some very interesting people. Listen to each of our stories in the intro episode via SoundCloud (below), iTunes or on your favorite podcast app.
You were my favorite, thanks for everything
Whoa…”Cylinder” have over 20K streams on Spotify! Thanks to everyone who’s been giving it a spin and adding it to their playlists.
I’ve got some big news… Not only is ‘Highest Mountain’ available streaming and on CD, but you can now grab it on vinyl exclusively through my store!!! http://bit.ly/bb–store Along with the vinyl and download card, I’ve also included a double-sided lyric and liner note sheet.
The first show I’ll be selling the vinyl at will be this Thursday (8/24) at The Burren. So come on out, catch the show and pick up a signed/personalized copy. Can’t wait for you to hear it!
While traveling during the ‘Highest Mountain’ tour, I’ve been listening to a group of tunes over and over. They’ve become a sort of soundtrack as we hop city to city. So, I thought I’d put them into a Spotify playlist and share with all of you. Some of these songs often make it into the setlist too… Listen here: http://bit.ly/hm-tts