My Autobiographical Pattern – Surprisingly, the least Wabi-Sabi component…

I wanted to put a Wabi-Sabi component into the pattern. Wabi-Sabi only exists predicated on beautiful mistakes, unplanned outcomes, imperfections, and organic chaos. The only part (as I currently understand Wabi-Sabi) I got right was associating bamboo as a symbol for the organic aspect of this aesthetic concept. Bamboo grows into plants as diverse each … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – Surprisingly, the least Wabi-Sabi component…

My Autobiographical Pattern – A Little Side Exploration… Into A Vulnerable Truth

... To distract me from answering the real question: "What will this piece say about me?" Before I dive into how this question makes me feel, I need to let off a little steam... "🤨😖😩🤬🤬🤯🥶😱" (Mini-Rant: The emojis are lame and just don't release the feeling the expletives I want to scream out! Since I've … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – A Little Side Exploration… Into A Vulnerable Truth

Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part c) – Getting The Eyes Just Right

I was still dabbing on the paint here. You can see the impact of the stiff bristles on the canvas. I used mostly a matte Titanium white to pull up the emphasis on the features I wanted to... well, emphasize. At this point, I can feel how the matte paint is standing out over the … Continue reading Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part c) – Getting The Eyes Just Right

Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part b) – Laying Down Some Contrasts

First, the Part a would look like a plain black canvas, so I'm sharing a photo. Suffice it to say that I painted white gesso over the old painting then used a palette knife to load on some shiny Carbon Black. When that was dry, I first painted down the shape off the face by … Continue reading Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part b) – Laying Down Some Contrasts

My Autobiographical Pattern – A Printing Project Proposal

Note: This is a proposal submitted for the first part of a Printing on Fabric course. Stay tuned for results and further explorations... Artwork Title: My Autobiographical Pattern Opening Statement: Isolation and limited access to materials due to pandemic protocols have presented the perfect opportunity to explore sustainability objectives in the practice of making art. … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – A Printing Project Proposal

Self-Portrait Project – Sixteen (Part b) – Embracing What Works For Me

When working on paper I love putting down the basic colours with dry pastels and leaving the dust on the surface. I find that gives texture and movement to the composition. It has to do with the colours blending and giving the work a better feel. I'd never done it on a vertical surfacmwhere the … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project – Sixteen (Part b) – Embracing What Works For Me

Self-Portrait Project – Sixteen (Part a) – Accepting a Passing Comment as a Challenge

The ongoing challenges of zoom classes are always more evident in studio art classes, as we experience critiques and conversation through a small video screen. This requires us to take our eyes from the work we are painting and look at the face glaring at us through Zoom. We are forced to re-adjust our perceptions … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project – Sixteen (Part a) – Accepting a Passing Comment as a Challenge

Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part d) – The Simplest Solution Often Works Best

Back to the struggle of what colour does the shirt need to be... I painted it light grey, added pink all over it, then considered unbleached titanium... only to then consider just making it black. I could add highlights after if I wanted. Before this point, I was also wondering if I should add a … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part d) – The Simplest Solution Often Works Best

Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part c) – Struggling with Colours

The hair was the easiest choice... almost. I wanted a flat black and decided to do a base of Mars Black with a little Paynes Grey over it. I had contemplated adding some light grey highlights (perhaps an unnecessary touch of reality). The glass were the blues in my own glass - also an easy … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part c) – Struggling with Colours

Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part b) – Take a left and dive in!

I wasn't satisfied with the acrylic washes on paper. It felt too timid and I wanted to really challenge myself. I liked the face I painted, but wanted to redo it differently. I've been enjoying the use of the pallet knife to build volume in my still life paintings and wondered how it would work … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part b) – Take a left and dive in!