A series including "Cotton Candy", "Corbina" and "No Dumping"

Kristina Smith's avatar Kristina Smith

Cotton Candy and Corbina are just two of many paintings in a series of work I've made that subtly comment on America's consumer culture. I started by taking a photograph of the scene, then transferred the image onto a wood panel to paint using the traditional process of glazing with oils over a gray scale grisaille. The result is an incredibly realistic rendition of the scene that inspired the piece. This particular painting took almost over 150 hours of work to complete. To make the image more than what a photograph can capture, I apply rich color and detail to the paintings, which also is used to enhance those odd aspects of society which I find within the mundane atmosphere. "No Dumping" is a work in progress. Instead of being painted on panel, this one is painted on canvas. It is quite possibly the most technically complex piece I've ever done. It expresses a lot of visual depth in a small space located in an alley in Washington D.C., not Chicago.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Oil on Panel, Oil on Canvas
  • Width: 1
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 2