My sketching turned a little serious when I stumbled upon a couple strokes on a piece of paper:
I felt like I was on to something in my painting while I was looking terribly hard at a much better artist than myself: Robert Hardgrave. I particularly scoured his painting Sublimate, from 2009. His paintings are what got me to begin using flat brushes in the first place and I had to lean upon that painting a lot to take Smiles Upon Us to its end.
The painting is still distinctly mine, the color reaching wider intensities and I’m very happy to see that after all that work. But I’m going to continue peering into Mr. Hardgrave’s pieces and picking his mind as I follow this trail towards a voice I have yet to completely uncover. Somehow, his work seems like a beacon from the future.