About The Series
The painting, Ombrophobia (the fear of rain), is one of a series of phobia based paintings Martin Easley is currently working on. It's a long term project which he works on in between commissions and other work. The series will total close to 50 paintings. They will be marketed in various forms when the project is completed.
The process started with a model who was photographed while sitting in a shower stall being spritzed with water. The best of the photos were used for reference. Various bad weather photos were also used loosely as inspiration for the background. The painting is a limited palette acrylic using traditional paintbrushes and an airbrush. Martin uses color to establish mood and to create the illusion of depth. The desired effect is pumped up realism.
Martin's interest in phobias is based on self reflection and the idea that our fears and phobias shape who were are in many ways. Important life decisions are made based on what we choose to avoid. Many people are adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers who go out of their way to face their fears. Others opt for comfort and safety. Most people have that one thing that they avoid at all costs. Fears might be justified and essential for survival. They might seem to be quirky, unusual or overblown. But they affect our lives as much as the natural gravitation towards the positive.