Justin Vining paced back and forth in his Harrison studio mid-January. He was anxious to
The Indianapolis artist built his personal brand on whimsical color. Anyone of his paintings — made before 2016 — are filled with stark hues and rolling landscapes with a storybook air to them. Now, most of his work is studies en
"Painting from observation is a good fundamental way to hone your skills," he says. "Slowly, I have become really addicted to it."
What started as a one-month commitment to setting up an easel outside and painting whatever he saw, became his daily norm. Now it's not uncommon to see Vining, Benny Sanders and a slew of other local artists set up in urban spaces working as quickly as they can.
"It's been fun going to, not necessarily non-traditional venues because some of these paintings are super traditional," says Vining. "But we are just going to spots around the city that, if it was just me, I would have never found or known they existed."
Those new settings are challenging him in a way he never expected. If you chatted with him six months ago, you would have heard a very clear concept for his March show. It was going to be a blending of his old and new styles in the same frame. Now, most of what you see will be strictly
"It's a little bit of a problem," says Vining. "I can't stop painting outside."
There's a noticeable difference between his
Emily Taylor: You mentioned that you had a clearer vision of your work six months ago. Where do you feel like you are now compared to then?
Justin Vining: I think I accidentally turned into a
I really enjoy the results, I don't enjoy the process... It's more important [now] to be in the moment with my painting. It's a lot less about the final product and it's more about being in the moment. When you are painting from observation, nothing is predetermined.
Emily: Are you nervous about what kind of reactions you are going to get from people because the styles are so different?
Justin: I don't think, I don't know... I kind of
What scares me is not necessarily people's reaction to my work, it scares me to go closer to the center a little bit. Can I sustain this living? I can I have been selling the crap out of them. I had — not a path of lesser resistance, but more of an identity. I am discovering as I enjoy this more and more and more, I do have some level of fear of is [my old style] lost? Am I at the point in my career where I am leaving that behind? To