I've been wrapping up academic papers and struggling to stay motivated to do them. Usually, painting is my distraction from the papers, but these particular art history essays are really not too interesting to me. I added a few little touches to the painting since the last update... mainly shadows. I feel what's left is … Continue reading The Bathers – Momentary Creative Block Caused by Distractions
For those who don't know, one of my recent art practices has been to keep a small canvas hanging near whatever I'm painting and to apply any extra paint onto it from my pallet... I became disgusted with how much paint I was wasting. Because I've been having so much fun doing faces, that is … Continue reading Does Approaching an Abstract Require Emotional Nakedness?
I think I found the music needed to make this work... Hothouse Flowers on Spotify... I forgot how much I loved the live recording style they had... a lot like The Doors. As mentioned yesterday (I think), I decided on using titanium white as a base to add the girl's bathing suit. Then I just … Continue reading The Bathers – The colours are starting to sing
I had a few minutes before supper (to procrastinate from doing my research paper) and wanted to get the white out of this composition. I felt it was blocking some crucial decision I needed to make... I filled in some unbleached titanium as an undertone for the skin and started to see a little more … Continue reading The Bathers – A Few Steps in This Direction, Maybe….
Key take-away for today... I need to pick a musical pallet along with my colour pallet! I knew I was going to paint the bathers, but I picked a random musical choice to paint with, and I felt resistance in almost every brushstroke... almost like I was painting against the music, instead of with it. … Continue reading The Bathers – In The Absence Of The Right Music…
I decided, with great excitement to start a new figure painting... I was initially uncertain about the size, or which canvas I might recycle, but one kept staring at me and I decided it needed an upgrade. I won't tell you which it was, but the dimensions of the canvas get me really excited: 48" … Continue reading The Bathers – Starting a new composition
I know it's been only two days since posting the last update on this piece, but it's been five days in real-life... and what a five days they've been!!! I've been procrastinating from this piece -- unusual for me, I know, but I've been av riding the final brush strokes nonetheless. I wanted to add … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Six – Is There Such A thing As Too Much Miles Davis?
Making these spontaneous-ish portraits is really fun. I'm finding the use of extra paints from other projects to be a stimulating challenge. I've been deep into portraits lately and so I am not surprised this one became a face. It started with yellow and I didn't feel any flames until I added the light blue. … Continue reading Damn! I might be on fire… again!
RE: Painting my way through Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. I stepped away for a few days... well, not exactly stepped away, as I do all my work in my studio-office and spend a good three hours or more each day staring it this composition... even while working on papers. Hey! It's nor procrastination, … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Five – A Single Note to Punctuate the Blue
There is so much going one right now that I'm surprised I remember how to breathe. I do believe this is what my passing thoughts look like these days: a quiet blur in a single direction. I continued to play with the extra paints from a massive, blue abstract I'm working on and just let … Continue reading A Passing Thought In The Middle of my Chaotic Mind