The Midnight Robber is one of the more popular and well loved characters portrayed in the traditional mas of Trinidad and Tobago. A typical Midnight Robber costume consists of a wide brimmed, tassled hat, a cape and accessories such as weapons and/ or a coffin. The Midnight Robber always makes use of a shrill whistle to command the attention of his audience or other Robersons nearby. He performs a drastic and rhythmic speech, often about his ancestry mixed with other themes of history, religion and mythology. At the end of his speech, Midnight Robber will often ask for money.
For those of you not in Trinbago, 2016 Calendars are now available online——> here. These babies will make their Trini debut at BITS and Pieces, November 7th, 2015 at Movietowne. These are great gift ideas for the Christmas Season.
In 2012 I started using oil paints. I quickly fell in love with this medium. Those feelings started to wane once I began oil portraiture.
In this age of instant gratification, water colours and acrylics have enabled me to finish a portrait within a week or two. However, oils have taken three months, six months, even a year to complete depending on size and the number of people in the portrait. The adjustment to this pace was quite frustrating but I’ve learnt a few things as I’ve gotten into the groove.
I’ve learnt to take the time to really see the subject and find my style. I’ve learnt to explore different solutions to a problem I may encounter without worrying about the paint drying too quickly. I’ve discovered how long I can focus on a painting before my mind wanders to what I can paint on that blank canvas that I just bought. I’ve learnt that, with the right lighting, I’m better at oil portraiture at night, when life is quiet and the music is loud. I also love my sleep so I’ve learnt to manage my time more efficiently.
Sometimes it all falls into place but sometimes I have to make it work. Being an artist and balancing family life is, in itself, a “Work in Progress” and oil portraiture is a lesson in patience.
There was once a large, stretched canvas that I was almost sure was cursed as nothing I painted on it seemed to work. I painted a semi abstract nude in blue. That didn’t work. Covered it with white paint.
A few months later, I decided to do a knife painting of an old familiar favorite, Boissiere House, otherwise known in Trinidad as The Gingerbread House. That didn’t work either. Covered it with white paint.
A few months after that, I decided to “try ah ting” and do a knife painting of Bob Marley. It worked 🙂
Here’s some work in progress pictures of Bob.
Bob Marley, Acrylic knife painting on stretched canvas.
The Cycle of Love
Acrylic on Canvas diptych.
The transition from red hot passion to the cool compliance of companionship. The landscape in the background is constant serving as the foundation for which a long lasting relationship can survive these cycles.
Wow! I can’t believe August was the last month I posted on this site. I’ve been pretty busy and just haven’t had a moment to sit and post new works and WIPs until now. I’ve been having fun experimenting with neon acrylics and knife painting. A new series called Ultravilet Carnival has emerged from that experiment and I am quite pleased with the response 🙂 You can view this new series by clicking on the image below. Enjoy! 🙂