September 27, 2022


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In Graham Franciose’s ‘Morning Coffee Paintings,’ Dreamlike


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August 12, 2022

Grace Ebert

Day 75, “Always There, Constantly Transforming.” All photographs © Graham Franciose, shared with permission

Several times, artist and illustrator Graham Franciose sits down with watercolor, gouache, and a compact sheet of cotton paper to paint a whimsical scene or surreal second. A skateboarder carries a tree in a backpack, an nervous determine peeks by a colorful monster mask, and an outsized lion snarls at an approaching gentleman. “I like to do these initial factor in the early morning when I am nevertheless not fully awake and start out with a blank slate and no preconceived idea,” he tells Colossal.

Dreamlike in type and matter issue, the is effective are aspect of an ongoing series simply just titled Morning Coffee Paintings. Due to the fact Franciose started the ritualistic undertaking in 2019, he’s established about 450 items, which replicate a array of moods through mysterious eventualities and silent, contemplative figures. “I place my phone on the tripod and commence the timelapse digital camera and just start out drawing.  I’ve observed that by filming them it keeps me from 2nd-guessing myself or paying way too significantly time deliberating about alternatives like color or composition and forces me to just have faith in myself and my apply,” he shares.

An training in experimentation and releasing perfectionism, the paintings are also a visual diary of the artist’s follow and unfiltered emotional states. “Sometimes recurring themes, symbols, or ideas will arrive up in distinctive means, and they do evolve and improve about time,” he states.

Franciose is now dependent in Seattle wherever he runs Get Good. Gallery. There are nevertheless a couple of of July’s primary paintings readily available on the series’ site, and you can shop prints at Sebastian Foster, Austin Artwork Garage, and Bloom. If you’re in New Hampshire, you can see some of his pieces in the Tremendous Very small Artwork #33 at Nahcotta Gallery early next 12 months. Usually, adhere to him on Instagram for updates on new paintings.


Day 76, “How to Be Brave”

Day 78, “Shroom Shade”

Left: Working day 66, “You Have not Even Mentioned My New Hat.” Ideal: Day 26, “You Can Consider It With You”

Day 47, “Defense”

Left: Working day 52, “Onward.” Right: Working day 68, “What Your Rings Will Reveal”

Day 71, “Not Rowing Just Heading with the Flowing”

Working day 23, “What Was and What Will Be”

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