An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Four – The Impact of Live Music

RE: Painting my way through Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. After yesterday, I needed to let the paint dry a bit and life came in to distract me with other priorities... two mornings latter and following another sleepless night of over thinking my To Do list, I hoped on a live version of Kind … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Four – The Impact of Live Music

An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Two

RE: Painting my way through Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. The brush ripped across the snare drum and tickles the high hat cymbal with a fierce determination... Threatening the coming storm of sound that is Miles' horn. The dipping of the brush on brass required a response... it required the use of a pallet … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Two

An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – One

Entering into the home stretch of the semester, our painting teacher launched a new direction challenge... Astractions! I've done many abstracts over the past thirty or so years or so and felt I've done enough... especially since enjoying the portraits and figure painting much more this past few months, but I like a challenge, so... … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – One

The Artist Self – Four – Feeling Good, I think…

Let me start by saying I'm getting to that dangerous point in my semester where I just feel like quitting! I'm exhausted from all the academic papers and just want to get doing stuff! I want to continue painting more figures and faces and digging deeper into this style, but there are still things to … Continue reading The Artist Self – Four – Feeling Good, I think…

Portrait Of An Odd Feeling

Another more-or-less spontaneous portrait (perhaps, self-portrait) built up from the left over paints on the main canvas I'm currently working. I started with laying in blues over the whole board... I was blending the paints right on my other canvas and then brushing off the extra here. The blob in the middle became the face … Continue reading Portrait Of An Odd Feeling

The Artist Self – Three – Things are working out nicely, so far…

It's been a few days that I've been staring at the unpainted figure and the background, so far. I've been really enjoying the the rough blending of greens, blues and hints of yellow in the upper background, as well as the dark swatch across the lower third of the painting... the rest was still open … Continue reading The Artist Self – Three – Things are working out nicely, so far…

The Artist Self – Two – A Surprising Start

The big question was whether to start on the figure or the background... one will inevitably influence the other. I was really enjoying how the figure looked in simple black lines, so I started on the outside. I did my best to not overthink it and working with wet-on-wet paint really helped. Now I still … Continue reading The Artist Self – Two – A Surprising Start

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…