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Absolute: Force (frame detail)

Framing Out An Early Piece

New Frame For Early Piece

by Daric Gill


Absolute: Force
Absolute: Force. Oil on reclaimed red oak. 28 1/4″ x 6 7/8″. 2.29.12.

I commonly experiment with presentation, especially during the infancy stages of a body of artwork. When I made this painting in 2012 I had really liked the idea of showcasing the raw material that I use as backgrounds. For this reason, I felt that it was important to leave the piece in its raw plank shape and forego a frame altogether. Thirty or so paintings later I’ve found that it may have worked at the time, but now the un-framed edges don’t quite fit in with the rest of the series.

This is a great example of how time and perspective can really inform past decisions and hopefully pave the way for new ones. I’ve framed out this piece in a way that is fitting for the cannon of other  “Absolute” paintings and I’m quite happy with the results. Take a look at its new digs.


Contemporary oil painting by Daric Gill

New! Centering Around Newest Painting

Creating Absolute: Centered

by Daric Gill

Absolute: Centered, Oil on reclaimed red oak barn wood. 14 3/4” x 13”. 6.10.15.
Absolute: Centered, Oil on reclaimed red oak barn wood. 14 3/4” x 13”. 6.10.15.

Today I debut my latest painting, Absolute: Centered. Two concentric circles, aged and worn looking, hide behind a piece of masking tape and locust tree leaves. The frame, like most all my frames, is handmade. Quarter sawn oak has a unique figure that I felt matched the aesthetic undulations in the work itself.

Nail holes, gouged scarring, and rough mill marks add character to the background wood. The cool blue base color offers a rare opportunity to use orange paint (which tends to blend in if the natural wood color is present).

I can already tell that this piece is an exciting transitional piece. Enthusiasm builds as I  anticipate what direction this will take me.


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NEW Painting! The Layers of “Absolute: Allure”

The Layers of Absolute:Allure

Absolute: Allure
Absolute: Allure, Oil on reclaimed birds eye maple. 7 11/16″ x 8 3/4″. 6.4.15.

Today I finished documenting the latest painting in my Absolute series. Layers of translucent crimson were painted on birdseye maple. This made a simple yet dynamic backdrop from which to build the rest of the piece.

It portrays a plump cherry dangling above a vertical white stripe. A series of overlapping translucent shapes help frame, focus, and add to an already rich collection of symbols.

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New! “Absolute: Struggle” Oil Painting

The Absolutes In Our Struggles

by Daric Gill

Pull up a stool, put a few quarters in the jukebox, and let me pour you a tall glass of soul. Today I debut my latest painting, “Absolute: Struggle”. That’s right, we’re about to get our blues on and it’s never been so blood red.

“Absolute: Struggle” ain’t your run of the mill moody-broody piece that emotes for the sake of being dark. That’s not my style. No, this piece ranks among my most pure soul-inspired paintings to date. It’s part of my deep blues repertoire. And I feel like the most potent blues aren’t merely explorations in pain, but rather a catharsis by the trumpeting of hope through tribulation. For every edge of despair there’s a modicum of pure unbridled exaltation in how one can still feel deeply.

This is one of the absolutes in our lives – that we can (and often do) have a duality of conflicting emotions that are so pervasively deep and yet so polar opposite. I set out to portray this abstract concept in this painting. Like with all blues, nobody wants to hear your song if it’s not a self-portrait of soul. So swill your spirits and scoot closer to the bar. This solo continues after the image.

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