Steven Gordon Linebaugh discusses his Art

The inspiration for paintings versus writing comes from the same place in the brain. For me, the stimulus is normally somewhat similar. The big difference is that words for me come from varied glimpses on the way to work.

I can see multiple images and there is no specific reasoning or place or thought, the words create themselves and the images collected are weaved throughout a series of poems.

No one would see the image or anything specific about the scene but all the elements appear either symbolically or even representational.

The big difference is that words for me come from varied glimpses on the way to work.

In painting, the images are captured often from multiple images and the atmosphere is derived from the initial image but also from intangible elements that are not necessarily seen in the initial inspiration.

While painting or writing most of the work is without realization of the final product and the image creates itself. The less I am aware of the painting or the words the better the end product as I think at that point the subconscious takes over and the creation is almost reflex.

I am working toward bringing together two aspects of creativity that together I think will greatly improve my final work.

First of all is the discipline of technique, I plan on reworking the initial image on several mediums and several sizes until I work out the final composition and the final product.

I also intend to overlay a more meticulous approach to underpainting and overpainting layers.

In the past, I have created complementary colors next to each that create the vibration and movement in oils.

I plan on adding a technique where complementary colors form from the layers beneath them and the vibration of color will be achieved by the layers of paint visually creating their color combinations.

The effect will be more intangible but it will be stronger and have more of an impact on the viewer.

The second aspect,  I will bring to future paintings are words that inspire the painting or the painting that will inspire words.

My next painting is “Love Lies Bleeding is a painting of a garden the plant in the garden and there are morning glories climbing the fence and across the yard is the moon settling into the sky.

I wrote the poem first and the image became out of the words that I wrote. Love lies bleeding is the plant but it is also an image of the garden and the melancholy of late evening.

I want the viewer to feel the sadness of loss and the mysterious of the garden at night. I want the colors to be rich and vivid and the moon to be mysterious.

I will post the poem and the painting when they are complete.
I plan on combining more words and images in the near future.