While most of my work for the past 8 years or so has been more focused on drawing and linework, for most of my twenties I actually considered myself an oil painter. Around the time I turned 30 I felt like I was painting because that was what I was "supposed" to be doing as a visual artist. I really wanted to be drawing so I dropped painting.
For a few years I really only did black and white ink drawings. Slowly, I started working with some gouache, more as spot color in my drawings. In the past 2 years, however, the paint has been taking over more and more of the surface of my paper, granted, always within the confines of lines.
In the past 6 months, I started painting more patterns in my drawings, never using any line work in the pattern. And then, with the 100 day Project, I start painting figures with no line or drawing at all.
I guess what I'm saying, is that while I thought I'd left painting far behind, it seems to be reasserting itself in my work. I feel like in some ways this piece which I just completed is a departure from my recent work but more accurately, I feel like it is merging everything I love about drawing with the things I missed about painting.
I've already started a second piece in this vein, I'm very excited to see where this new work takes me.
This piece is available as a print in my Society 6 shop: https://society6.com/rier/prints