Friday, December 29, 2017

Deleva, Progression of Stump-01

This is part of a new sort of post method for me since, I seem to be so sporadic. I am going to try to give a photo evolution  history for each painting.

This is the first one. At this point there is no title of the painting, but you will see as I paint the title of the work will change.

3/4/18-UPDATE on the stump painting: Still nothing. It is sitting in my studio staring at me. So times it take months. I have had paintings take years to finish. 

At this point I seem to have come to a stand still on this painting. Not really sure why, I just can't seem to get a good look on what is going on and where it is going. Time away from it is a good thing.

No. 9 front 01/31/2018
At this point I am around 70% complete. I will be saturating the colors but I am still discovering the image.
No.8 front 01/26/2018
A working title : Kitty and the Swan
No.7 side- 01/22/2018
Sometimes I find turning a  painting on it's side and paint helps to find out the path of the painting. 

Who knows maybe this image wants to be horizontal...
No.7 face- 01/22/2018
Still no real title. I thought about 'Leaving myself in Maui'  but I am not really sold on that title yet. The image is getting a little too heavy for that.
No.6 face- 01/15/2018
Not too much has changed, just filling some computational elements to set up a direction of movement at this point the painting still seems to be about our trip to Maui and the feeling of the sand and surf pulling my body out to deeper water .

No.5 face- 01/13/2018  phase 3 of this day.
As you can tell I have sanded out a lot of the painting. Sanding is a big part of my process. It gives me random textural opportunities that I could never make if I had to think them all out.
No.5 face- 01/13/2018  phase 2 of this day.
Here I put a white wash over a lot of the color.
No.5 face- 01/13/2018  phase 1 of this day.

No.4 face- 01/10/2018

No.3 face- 01/03/2018

No.3 face- 12/16/2018

No.1-  Side 12/16/2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Don DeLeva: Candy Breath

Candy Breath is a first attempt to bring both my Pop Surrealist and Abstraction tendencies together.
As you view the painting you can start to see cartoonist features blend into realistic features that are abstracted and then disappear. I do this give the impression of a personality changing as mood changes and conversation ebbs and flows.

This painting SOLD in the "VISIONS EN ROUGE" (link to show), Confluence Gallery (link to gallery), Twisp Wa. 12/2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Kitty Noire

Kitty Noire:  wood panel, silver mylar wall paper, acrylic paint, varnish,  6"x 6"x 0.5 . 08.09.2017

I started painting on wall paper, this is on Silver Mylar it's more of an experiment. At work I have access to so many types of surfaces that I decided to start taking advantage of the scraps and recycling bins.

DeLeva's RoboCat

RoboCat:  wood panel, acrylic paint, varnish,  6"x 6"x 0.5 . 08.09.2017
SOLD : Trisha Gallagher Collection, Tacoma, WA-->

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MeBot and Timmy

MeBot and Timmy are two characters I have been panting for a while now. They have been in many abstracts It's only now that I have painted them on their own.

MeBot : Acrylic on wood, 6x6

Timmy : Acrylic on wood, 6x6

This Idea of an Alphabet

This morning while painting an abstract I started to realize that it might help people understand my more complicated work if I paint my characters in a non abstract way. Kind of like sounding out letters phonetically until you understand how to pronounce a word.  This is how I understood how to listen to noise music.    

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Are my paitings busy?

I am asked quite often why are my paintings so busy.

I don't see them as busy, I see them as 3 or five paintings in one.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Huxley's Dream:  clay board panel, acrylic paint and gold leaf, varnish,  6"x 12"x 2.25. 2/2017.

I was reading "The Doors of Perception " by Aldous Huxley during the painting of this work.
One does not need to be under the influence of mind altering substances to understand the malleability of reality and how we consistently change our perception of the now to assess and comprehend our present.
My art de-focuses focal point in order to challenge the viewers perception of what they are looking at. My paintings are meant to "visually change" as moods, sounds and environment change.
The work is not so much about the image, but more about the perception of the viewer.
My goal is to get the viewer to actually "see" themselves think.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Don DeLeva: painting : She War Heels.

She War Heels:  Wood panel, acrylic paint, varnish,  5"x 7"x .275. 1/23/17

Don Deleva art: painting My Black Cape, 2016

Don DeLeva Art, painting of an abstract woman, architectural,

My Black Cape:  clay board panel, acrylic paint, varnish,  5"x 7"x .175. 2016
SOLD : Steve Nelson Collection, Indianola, IA

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Don DeLeva art : vulnerable

Don Deleva art

Madison Price :  .250 Ply wood, acrylic paint, varnish,  8"x 10" 10/2016
SOLD: Marty and Tony Price.

This painting brings me to a place in my work that is easy to criticize. It's a cat dressed in a jacket...

Why do I feel the need to explain this?
One, I painted it as a gift.
Two, I have a cat and yes I think she is cute as hell.
Three, I have come to a place in my 30 years of painting that I am done with the critics in my head and hands.

I just want to paint. I have only about 15 to 20 years left and I just want to paint and promote it the way that is most comfortable to me.

Maybe you get to a place in your life that you realize the things that are truly you are the most powerful for you.
For example, I would much rather be painting then socializing. I think this has been a major component in why my work is not more commonly known.

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