Cody Greene puts down some paint
Cody Greene hasn’t painted in a long time actually. He hasn’t done four or five paintings in four or five years. But that doesn’t mean he’s any less talented of an artist. That does, however, mean that the display of Greene’s work at the upcoming Sophie Zine event will prove to be an accomplishment for a painter who, apparently, just needed a little push.
“I have never had a week like this before. It’s good,” he says. “I’ve thought about having a week like this. Like I just I think ‘I should just be painting all the time. I should just sit down and do a bunch of stuff that I want to do.’ I never do it because I’m always doing other things. When [Sophie Zine] asked me to do it, I figured I’d go for it. I have motivation with a deadline, and it’s been fun.”
With plenty of painting ideas resonating in his mind for a while, Greene practically locked himself in his garage/studio for a week to paint.
“It’s been an explosion of paintings of things I’ve been thinking about. I guess I always think about paintings and things I see… little still frames in my mind’s eye of things that could be painted or drawn that would be interesting,” Greene says.
Greene’s impressionist influences (which include the likes of Monet, Manet and Van Gogh) are oozing amidst his new works with loose, visible brush strokes, that come together to create lucid, captivating perceptions of his subjects.
“I don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to art, honest to goodness,” Greene stated humbly. “That’s the thing: I like art, I enjoy it, but I can’t tell you a whole lot about it. I know what I like and I know what I like to see. I like to magnify things that are normally overlooked in a piece of work; it’s little and just a small piece of life, but when it’s on canvas or paper or whatever, it’s that much more. Now that it’s on paper or canvas, you’ve captured it, and it’s a part of history. There’s a lot to look at that’s pretty amazing, even though it’s pretty small,” Greene says.
The “thing” about Greene is that he just seems to have some kind of innate understanding of art.
“I have different types of paintings. If it’s something that’s pretty intricate where I have to think about proportion and perspective and things of that nature, it might take a couple days of three or four hours sessions. Or, for example, there’s one painting I did for this show, that I really liked doing that I can do in 45 minutes. It’s just strictly out of my mind, and I can just put it down,” Greene explained, as if painting a large canvas painting in 45 minutes was normal.
He continued: “I have drawn a lot of faces, so I have a thought of where everything goes. It’s usually not of anyone in particular, but I can do them really quickly… it’s really easy because it’s just two eyes, a nose, a mouth, a shape around it, and some shading. You just put it down with some paint.”
[Noted: Just put it down with some paint.]
Although not visible in some of Greene’s previous work, he claims a lot of his influence is from nature: “I got a lot of love for plant materials and trees. I guess that sort of goes along with what I study with landscape design and horticulture. When you study something, you see it on a magnified level. I get see the intricacy of nature. Also, just the way we move, the way we sit, and just the way we are. I don’t know, it’s a pretty beautiful thing,” he says.
Greene has been drawing doodles and sketches since he was a child. In seventh grade, an art teacher helped him develop a new perspective on art. As he began to understand it more, he became inspired to do more on his own work and produce more drawings.
“From the beginning, I always sketched with pen and ink or pencil and kept a sketchbook. That’s the most of what I do: drawing people, anything and everything really,” he explained. “I started painting five or six years ago. I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but I think that people tend to like it more, because it’s a painting. You can do really big things, and it gets the point across. Really, I just like to sketch because of the way it feels in my hand. When you are painting, it’s less precise and blobbish. It’s a different thing. A lot of times I’ll paint, and I don’t really like what I paint. I tend to like my sketching better.”
When asked what he’s planning on doing after his upcoming Sophie Zine art show, he responded, “I plan on drinking a beer.”
But more art shows?
“This is just kind of random, and it worked out, but I would love to do another show. I’d do it for the rest of my life if I could,” he concluded.
Greene’s show will premiere at the Third Place at the Centenial Bash and will be on display for a few weeks following.