My three figures looked eastward.
Their layered acrylic and gunpowder giving them life.
See, all my figures are born pointing eastward. I do my painting on a the inside of a West facing wall.
My burning is done facing West, South West. My back to the sun, there is good, hot, light in the Blast Factory in the afternoons. The char undulates and flickers as the sun sinks.
The figures are ready to be ignited
This is the Summer Of Portraits.
I've just started on them. I have a feeling for what they should look like and who they should become. I want them to be characters. To be alive. I want them to be important to somebody.
Sometimes I stare a the wall for an hour.
Renee walks past. "Who are you talking to?"
After one full second of silence, I said, "I was talking?"
I look around the studio and let that sink in.
Portraits are a whole new ballgame for me.
So let's get to it!
Artist Stick Vega studied mathematics and economics, earning a B.S. in economics from UW-Madison and an MBA from Edgewood College. He owned and was CEO of online apparel retailers WinterSilks and Venus Sportswear. However, upon selling the companies more than a decade ago he headed straight to his studio - The Blast Factory in Madison, WI - to create explosive, modern art with gunpowder and high-speed fuse. Stick's current work includes paintings, drawings, fusographs (exploded photographs) and writing. Please follow Stick on Facebook and/or Twitter.