I'm not sure where I lost track of what I was doing in this one. I saw the possible flaws I wanted to correct and even felt I knew what to do to correct them, but as soon as I started tom paint them in, I hesitated and overthought the process. I just kept blending … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – I might have overworked it, but I’m stoping here.
Seriously though, I had no idea how much the hair would change the composition. You really need to go back to yesterday's post and compare the images. (I'll put them side-by-side below). I was plowing on loads of paint to diversify and enrich the volumes of the different bodies and I knew I'd have to … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – Four – Who Knew Hair Was So Transformative?
While I'm enjoying the annotated feel of this and how it feels cartoonishly alien, it isn't what I was intending. It feels... incongruous. Some of the faces aren't in the same style or emotional range. At this stage, I feel that I've fallen back on my older drawing style and not kept with the spontaneous … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – Three – It feels oddly cartoonish, for now…
Yesterday, I mentioned that I originally intended to input my self-portrait as only one of the crowd. I wanted to be the small face in the back, right of the composition... the spectator behind the crowd, looking at whatever they were looking at. Hmmm... I wonder if this means I have a secret desire to … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – Two: I see some change in perspective
Staring at the big (30" x 30"), white canvas is often the most stressful part of my process. How do I start? Where do I start? That very first mark is so important to me that I find myself in a battle against my fears and insecurities. A multitude of voices clamour for dominance in … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – One
Previous Post on this: Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – Opening another feeling I'm still paying with style and ideas from David Park's work. I've decided to walk out of my comfort zone step-by-step and close off the inspiration images while painting. It helps me see the composition differently when I let it get coloured … Continue reading Tourism Under The Windowed Wall – I found myself in this one
I just couldn't see how to keep the hat and still have it feel the way I wanted. The mood was off, so the hat had to go. As you see it now is much closer. It still feels illustrative and I'm not are I want that feeling. I let this rest for a few … Continue reading Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – Opening another feeling
Yup, the hat is the spot that is bothering right now and I'm going to have to sleep on it. Until then, the face shape was a big change and that dictated something unintentional... well, an unintentional question. Do I make this a self-portrait? If so, do I add glasses? The addition of volume has … Continue reading Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – I think the hat will fight me…
Just to make things clear... the title is intended to be "Tourist Under The Windowed Wall". I started this one a little differently than the any other painting to date. I hung a black canvas next to the previous piece I'd been working on and used the excess paint on my pallet to start this … Continue reading Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – Starting without waste
Yesterday, I mentioned my uncertainty about how this would get finished and gave you some of the questions I was asking myself. The one I was most uncertain about was the dry-brushing the wet paint across the background. I couldn't visualize what it would look like and that made me a little anxious. I reminded … Continue reading Waiting to be seated at the the Rainforest Café – A Few Questions Answered