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.

Winter Light

Winter Light 20”x24” paint on panel

Low clouds and limited distance create a feeling of infinity. A sense of the unknown that I really enjoy. This time of year it is a prelude to the coming snows of winter.

Watching snow fall on a stormy lake is one of my favorite things about winter… certainly better than shoveling snow!

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.

Shipping to Georgia

Great Silence 12”x16” & Over Darkness 16”x20”

I am spending a lot of time framing and packing up art this weekend. It is not my favorite part of the job but it means work is selling which helps keep the lights on!

These two paintings are headed to Georgia!

Here is a link to Radius Gallery in Missoula, Montana. Some of my work can be purchased with the link.
https://radius-gallery.myshopify.com/collections/brian-sostrom

Transitions

Transitions 18”x24” acrylic on wood panel

Transitions is a great title, it was the name of this painting also the name of my solo show last winter. The show was last March on Bainbridge Island at the Bainbridge Island Center for the Arts. 

Visual transitions are critical to my work and their importance can’t be over stated. To me the use of paint, the way it is applied, is a driving force. Mark making and the flow of motion through a painting can make the most mundane intriguing. In life transitions can be terrible but I don’t live in the real world too often.

This painting was purchased by one of my very best friends. The best work rarely  gets back home.