Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #4 – A touch here, a dab there, and viola; it’s Me!

Can I blame the shift to more current musical choices this morning for the change in colours? Maybe. Can I assume that the sip of bourbon, a taste I've only really acquired over the last few years and didn't have in the 1980s to the change? Maybe. Can I say that being mindful of where … Continue reading Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #4 – A touch here, a dab there, and viola; it’s Me!

Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #4 – How can I put myself in this painting?

At first I thought I could only add my glasses to make this image my self-portrait, then I realized what was bubbling up from my unconscious mind... I have been waxing nostalgic this past week with listening to music from the 1980s and watching documentaries about Street artists who started in that decade and how … Continue reading Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #4 – How can I put myself in this painting?

Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #3 – A few extra brushstrokes makes a big difference

Ok, so maybe there are more than a few extra brushstrokes added here. I played on several thin layers of colours and then changed them with additional layers on top of them... I even came back to the earlier tones in some places. There are some paces that feel a lot less sculptural than in … Continue reading Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #3 – A few extra brushstrokes makes a big difference

Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #3 – I need to sleep on it…

I gave this one a big burst of work all at once and needed to take a little break. When I woke up in the morning I was struck with a dilemma. I like it as it is, so is it finished? What does finished mean? I didn't really know how to answer, so I … Continue reading Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #3 – I need to sleep on it…

Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #2

I'm really, really loving this style of painting. My brushes are thick with paint and I'm smearing it all over the canvas. It's loose and free; it's messy and cathartic! Where I usually paint one layer at a time, let it dry, and then struggle to add loads of thin build-up layers, this is working … Continue reading Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #2

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

Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park

Let me be clear, I'm only using the terminology "Inspired by..." because it's my version of his painting... essentially my copy of it. It's part of my ongoing explorations of styles and techniques. Again, I used a recycled canvas (overpainted) from some long neglected project (The People of the Land) in which the painting technique … Continue reading Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park

Self-Portrait Project – Loosely Inspired by Frank Auerbach

The challenge given was to create a self-portrait in the style of a specific artist, in this case Frank Auerbach, or to recreate a portrait done by the artist in my own style. I think I sort of got it half way between the two options. Starting with a heavily textured canvas, recycled for this … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project – Loosely Inspired by Frank Auerbach

My Autobiographical Pattern – The Prototype before the printing

In discussion with my professor and tech. assistant, it is still unclear to me what colours I will use. They came up with some good questions for me about how I connect the hearts and love to the bamboo. In my head, the hearts and "LO" & "VE" are pop art icons (See previous post … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – The Prototype before the printing