A Crowd of Me – I might have overworked it, but I’m stoping here.

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.

A Crowd of Me – Four – Who Knew Hair Was So Transformative?

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?

A Crowd of Me – Three – It feels oddly cartoonish, for now…

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…

A Crowd of Me – Two: I see some change in perspective

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

A Crowd of Me – One

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

Tourism Under The Windowed Wall – I found myself in this 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

Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – Opening another feeling

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

Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – I think the hat will fight me…

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…

Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – Starting without waste

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

Waiting to be seated at the the Rainforest Café – A Few Questions Answered

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