Epic

Weight 30”x24” acrylic paint on wood panel

I have a number of 30″x24″ panels primed for painting, I love working at this scale. Large enough that you have a sense of freedom moving around the surface but not so large that it is awkward in the studio. I did have to stand on a chair to get far enough away for a photo, so a little awkward!

I am pretty obsessed with brooding epic scenes. I keep getting wound up about new ideas but I realize this is a common thread.

2019

Blue and Far 30”x24” paint on wood panel

I have never been an optimistic person. In grade school, learning vocabulary, the teacher asked us if we were optimists or pessimists. A girl I had eyes for said, “Oh, we are both optimists.” She was a bit smarter than I was, but as she explained the difference, I knew she was horribly mistaken.

For some odd reason, I am filled with an unrealistic optimism for the new year. I am making my living painting, it’s not easy. My days are only getting shorter, never mind. I have a vision for my work, mastery of my materials. For the first time in my life I know my greatest work is ahead. I am excited to make it.

I hope you all find passion and meaning in 2019.

Ghost in the Studio

Head of Thunder 18”x24” paint on wood panel

It struck me when I walked into my studio this morning that my current painting feels very much like a ghost. I have it on my table easel and it seems to hover on the table.

This painting is almost a study in subtlety. The color and values easing into one another. This kind of painting seems difficult to capture digitally but for now here is an iPhone version.

Working in the studio

20”x16” paint on wood panel

It’s another Wednesday and I am so thankful to have a dedicated space to paint. Also the time to work on the art I really care about. The winter has arrived but I am excited about being hold up in my studio and giving it all I’ve got! Strangely upbeat today, must be a chemical imbalance.

Waning Day

Waning Day 16”x12” acrylic on wood panel

A colorful cloud painting on the studio counter with some friends! This one doesn’t have the apocalyptic vibe of yesterday’s post.

Another day in the studio, I am grateful.

Here is a link to some of my work currently at Radius Gallery:
https://radius-gallery.myshopify.com/collections/brian-sostrom

Inspired by the sun

Looking around the chaos of my studio it is plain to see light inspires me. As we head into the darkest part of the year the sunlight is all the more dramatic and inspirational.

These two paintings were worked up together after a very early morning on the lake. Spending time in the studio looking at your work and shuffling it around is time well spent. Nothing physically to show for it but it is valuable just to reflect.

The High and Low

The High and Low 16”x16”

This is a TBT, which I don’t condone but participate in purely out of hypocrisy.

To me this is emotion in acrylic paint, a work I genuinely love. Painting for paintings sake with no expectation or destination.

Today I am turning off my computer, blow out the candle.