New: Blog Post Number 2
If you are new here, welcome to my world of original oil paintings. If you would like to get acquainted with my paintings, there are some links above to my Online galleries. If you know my artwork, well then, welcome back! Let's get started :)
The story I am about to tell is a strange one. It has no explanation, nor should it. Let's just say that I have noticed through the many years that I have been painting that all is not as it seems. When I paint, I think to myself that I am in control of the project, and that there are no external factors involved in my process. Then, maybe many years later, I see something in the painting that makes no sense, something that should not be there, and yet there it is. This is the story of one of the craziest coincidences I have ever experienced as an artist.
It all started when my sister Jessica Bates, who is an actress, had the good fortune to be able to write, produce and star in her one woman showcase at the Gloucester Stage named "Waiting Room". So I got on a plane from Firenze, Italia and went to Massachusetts to see the show. My parents live close to Gloucester in Manchester by the Sea, and they decided that since I was coming, that we should put on an art exhibition of the work that is currently there, a retrospective show of all of my life from my very first drawings in high-school to my recent work. I thought it was a good idea, I usually just show my recent paintings, this would be different for me as well.
Here is a photo of the reception, we had a great turn out!
During the run of the show a patron made a comment about one of the paintings to my father, Stephen Bates, who is an accomplished painter and musician, that there was a hill town floating in the sky of one of my paintings. The painting is an unusual one, from 1994, a painting that I made just using my airbrush, something that I never do anymore. Here is the painting in question: