(Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-Life (a.k.a. 5th Still-life Project) – A New Approach

I'm approaching this one very differently. I've been wanting to paint with a pallet knife, so that's the first change. I also wanted to paint directly onto the canvas, without drawing first, so that's the second change. The big change is that I will be painting very thick layers of paint, from the background forward... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-Life (a.k.a. 5th Still-life Project) – A New Approach

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – I Have Chosen This Composition

Part of the delay in picking a final composition was that I hadn't reflected upon what I wanted to achieve or say with it. I'm still not sure what I want to say, but I know more about what I want to achieve and see in it. I desire it to have a Wabi-Sabi aesthetic... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – I Have Chosen This Composition

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – ReConsidering My Composition

Every new painting finds me daydreaming about the next. I am very much enjoying this process and I think my subconscious mind is finding ways to continue painting... You see, I get a little sad when I finish a painting and don't like to start thinking of something else to do. I'm riding this train … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – ReConsidering My Composition

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Finishing Touches… for now…

I softened the shadows a little and bolded the highlights... this was a process done more by muscle memory... I used very watered down paint and many, many, many strokes... almost a dry brush technique, if that can be done with a watery brush. I didn't run with the though of overpainting the with weirdness … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Finishing Touches… for now…

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Subtle Additions

I think my usual approach is to put in strong outlines first, then smooth them out with various brushstrokes. This time I wanted a more watercolour feel and tried watering down the Mars Black to give the subtle shadows I saw... or think I saw. I get impatient when I have to stare at the … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Subtle Additions

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – First Brushstrokes

Following a very light and loose line drawing on the watercolour paper, I pick my large surface colours. It occurs to me that I've forgotten how I pick them and why I choose one over another... is it to approximate the colours of the model? Is it for some deeper aesthetic reason? I've stopped reflecting … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – First Brushstrokes

Building a Creative Community – Presenting Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez

Let's encourage and support our fellow artists! I recently connected with an inspiring artist and art educator: Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez on LinkedIn. We embraced what social media allows us to continue, where isolation has left us wanting... sharing creative passions! I'd like to share a little of what he shared about himself and his work, … Continue reading Building a Creative Community – Presenting Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez

Sawsan’s Elephant – She says it’s done!

It's been about three weeks since I touched this painting. Partially because I haven't had as much time to focus on it, and partially due to not being sure what more to add. I still wanted to make the skin more muted and grey, but just couldn't visualize it. Sawsan has been looking at it … Continue reading Sawsan’s Elephant – She says it’s done!

The Three Gentlemen Walkers

The idea for this came from my People of the Land series. As I was painting it, I started to feel that the muse was whispering other influences right into my mind. The colours are more African inspired, and the figures feel like some traditional Cuban or Dominican folk pain tings I've seen in markets … Continue reading The Three Gentlemen Walkers

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #455 – Pardon Me, But Can I…

Pardon Me, But Can I… Musings of the Artists Mind The stranger is walking along, exuding confidence. He stops, turns slowly towards you and asks a shocking question. What does he ask you? Let your mind wander and get filled with the endless possibilities of questions he may ask. Then feel how you might react … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #455 – Pardon Me, But Can I…