8" x 10" Purple Stripe Study original oil painting on paper by Ky McDonald.
From Ky McDonald: I have been working as an oil painter in Minneapolis MN for seven years. Throughout the years, I have explored various subject matter, but what remains constant in my work is my intuitive process. I like to begin a painting with only a loose plan in terms of subject matter and palette. I let my intuition guide me with each layer of paint. Many of my choices are poor ones, but i will often just leave it to dry and paint over it later. I work on 3-4 paintings at a time so I always have one that is dry and workable. The deleted layer that peeks through the new one is what makes the painting interesting in the end.
Dark beauty is a reoccuring theme throughout my work. Beauty is powerful, but it is also dramatic, bewildering, and cryptic. Through my subject matter and my painting process, I look to emphasize the shadows of beauty and the mysteries that it holds. I strive to capture the ambiguity within in an image, igniting its mystery with the use of layered paint, heavy shadows, and vertical bars.