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June 13, 2014

Q&A: Stuart Whitis finds balance between classical and digital art



There’s a lot of background stuff. Like building the frames, it takes a week to get that refined. Another two weeks of furious paintings, so maybe all in all, the bigger ones could take about a month.

Q: So what are your goals now?

A: Even if it gets tough, trying to sell paintings. ... I’d like to expand and ship paintings, I’m trying to figure out how to shrink them down and not make them so heavy so I can actually show some in Texas and regionally.

Then the day job just kind of becomes — it is what it is — everyone needs a day job. Then I try to destroy all my free time with painting.

There’s also a lifecycle to painting and drawing. If you’ve been doing the same thing for about six months then you really want to break out of that mold and do the new thing. So I’ve kind hit — not a rut, but I’ve kind of explored this to the extent that I feel is feasible for what I’m doing. ...

I’m trying to find a way to combine aesthetics. That one is super controlled and everything is planned out and I know exactly what I’m going to paint before I get out there. And something like this, I don’t know what I’m going to paint that day. I love both of those, but when I’m doing one of them I feel like I’m lacking in the other.

Basically where I’m at now, I need to find a way to integrate the chaos and the structure of those two into one new thing. The only way to get there is producing work, staring at it and figuring out what’s wrong. Or what it’s missing, basically.

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