I just couldn't see how to keep the hat and still have it feel the way I wanted. The mood was off, so the hat had to go. As you see it now is much closer. It still feels illustrative and I'm not are I want that feeling. I let this rest for a few … Continue reading Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – Opening another feeling
Yup, the hat is the spot that is bothering right now and I'm going to have to sleep on it. Until then, the face shape was a big change and that dictated something unintentional... well, an unintentional question. Do I make this a self-portrait? If so, do I add glasses? The addition of volume has … Continue reading Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – I think the hat will fight me…
Just to make things clear... the title is intended to be "Tourist Under The Windowed Wall". I started this one a little differently than the any other painting to date. I hung a black canvas next to the previous piece I'd been working on and used the excess paint on my pallet to start this … Continue reading Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – Starting without waste
Yesterday, I mentioned my uncertainty about how this would get finished and gave you some of the questions I was asking myself. The one I was most uncertain about was the dry-brushing the wet paint across the background. I couldn't visualize what it would look like and that made me a little anxious. I reminded … Continue reading Waiting to be seated at the the Rainforest Café – A Few Questions Answered
At this point, the brushstrokes and touches are quicker and more instinctive. I'm feeling there might be more to do, but that feeling changes when I step away and/or look at it in different lighting. Here are some of the questions I'm asking myself: Do I add more colour to the shirt? Do I add … Continue reading Waiting to be seated at the the Rainforest Café – Do I stop Or Continue?
1st - This is inspired by David Park's work. I don't pretend to be as good as him; I am only saying some of his figurative work has me really excited and I'm loving his style and techniques... I feel my voice is coming through more in this style. Park has a small portrait, close … Continue reading Waiting to be seated at the the Rainforest Café – Initial brushstrokes
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!
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?
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
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…