Kicked the Can is the newest addition to my series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art. In this image, I honor the work of American abstract impressionist painter Jackson Pollock (1912-1956). Kicked the Can recreates Pollock’s 1952 work, Convergence.
Knowing a thing or two about the abstract painting process, I imagine that there were pots of paints all over the floor of Pollock’s studio. Kicked the Can depicts the inevitable: a can of paint, kicked over and bleeding out, and of course not where the artist intended.
Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.
In my new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art, I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.
What a joy this painting was to create! I used Pollock’s iconic splattering technique on both the background and the miniature reproduction of his painting. Just like Pollock, I had to create this painting on the floor, dripping, spattering, and flinging!
The best part of Kicked the Can was trying to control the splatters of my postcard image to recreate the original painting. This controlled chaos was a creative challenge that kept me hyper-focused the whole time.
The background is meant to look like the floor of Pollock’s studio. Just imagine: his floor would have had drips and splats of paint that had overflowed from canvases. Not to mention the odd shoe prints of paint made as the artist worked. (See if you can find where I stepped on the canvas in my shoes.)
The can, the paint spill, and the blue tape were painted in an ultra-realistic style to almost give you a glimpse into Pollock’s workday.