Improvising Layers of Color With Steve Sharon [Stuck in Vermont 604]


♪ Rondo Brothers, “Touch of Blue” ♪ Winter in Vermont, it can get a little gray and dreary. Sometimes, you just need a pop of color. Laying down colors and dragging, dragging
colors and going this way and that way and up and down and diagonal
and seeing what comes up from under the surface. We’re here at the Green Door
Studio in Burlington and we’re going to get a colorful tour of abstract artist
Steve Sharon’s work. I pick my colors based on just…whatever.
I just kind of jump into it. Just learned what colors I wanted to work with
based on living in Vermont. And you have these long, long winters. Cold, dark. You got gray, white,
brown, black – those are your four colors that you have to work with for seven months. And so I’ll start with something like this and kind of go around. I might
be using too much blue, I don’t care. Why don’t I do, like, hot neon colors like hot
pinks, hot yellows, hot oranges, bright blues? And then I could put it up on my
wall at home and look at it on a really blustery wintry day, then it brings me a
lot of happiness to look at him, you know. This is my favorite tool. So you see all
the colors coming out. You see the yellow coming up from underneath all that. It’s
really a nice effect too to feel it. To feel the paint happening under you as
you’re dragging it. It’s just, it’s kind of addictive just to see what colors
come up from under the surface. Never thought that I would get into
painting. I never knew that painting existed inside of me until about eight years ago. Playing drums since I was about
14 years old, 13 years old. ♪ ♪ I have all this energy inside me, playing drums helped a little bit but I wanted to do
something visual. This was the first painting I ever did
in my apartment on Park Street. I could do that and I can go back and forth. See how that, that kind of
just created a really cool hot neon design there. It’s kind of like, now I
feel like these are sunset colors. It’s a huge feeling to come down here every,
every weekend and get out what’s ever in my mind, whatever kind of crap I
went through during the week and just put it all on canvas. Like a ripple-y effect there, just gonna change it around, make it more, like, abstract-y. -Does this feel a little bit like improv to you?
-Yes. -Like musical improv?
-Absolutely and I love playing improv. Being a drummer, it gets a little
boring to go [drum beats] all the time. This painting is called Where Is My Mind. Whatever my hand
wants to do, I’m gonna do it and I’m not gonna go in this with any preconceived
idea of what I want to do. What is going on, like, in my mind, in the world, in this
crazy country that we live in right now. Doing art definitely helps me deal with
a lot of the uproars that are happening in our society, especially politically. This is called The Calm Down. -Do they all have names?
-Uh-huh, yeah. True Colors, sometimes I name stuff after songs. A lot of people see stuff in my paintings and they tell
me about it. They’ll see people or faces. I love it when they point that out to me
because I never see it. I’m not so sure that the red works.
You know, so maybe I’ll just do that and change that whole flow. Just the other day I shipped three paintings to South Carolina and one to Seattle,
that was all just through Instagram. What I’m doing is not only
making me happy and feeling like I’m a 42 year old guy,
I’m trying to get out of this day job. I can’t leave my studio usually until,
until the painting is done. You can see Steve Sharon’s work next at the Vermont Art Council’s 2020
Artists to Watch show and we will get stuck in Vermont with you again real soon. Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, sign up for our weekly email alerts and I hope that all of you find something colorful out there..ah..to get
you through this winter. -Are you rolling?
-Oh good point, I was not! Now I am, that’s important. I hate it when I’m not rolling.

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