(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 – Bolder Brushstrokes

First, I'm thinking I still need to play with these shadows. They need to be longer. This shiny contrast between the items in the still life and the shadow is entirely what I see and is due to the pro-photo lighting I have about two feel from the model. It casts solid and crisp shadows... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Bolder Brushstrokes

(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

Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – MegaBlocks Needed

In normal times, we allow a good fifteen minutes of each class for the students to have some engineering play with various building materials. We launch amazing team and group challenges at them, such as, build us a bridge 30cm high out of Kiva Blocks (or Legos, etc…). Or, make a tower as tall as … Continue reading Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – MegaBlocks Needed

Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Different Resists in a Cochineal Bath – Basic Report – Part One

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Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Different Resists in a Cochineal Bath – Some Initial Results

I'm putting together a report on all this in the form of a PowerPoint... mostly for my own desires, as the Fibres class I'm taking doesn't seem to require this. These are all meant to tests, as far as I can tell. I'm still unclear on what the heck the actual "Big project" is supposed … Continue reading Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Different Resists in a Cochineal Bath – Some Initial Results

Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Resists – Cochineal Bath – Preparations…

Ok, this is a little nuts as far as prep time goes... well over six hours, so far... Here's the materials list: 1- Mordanted in Alum, we have: Two 11" x 11" piece of cotton; One 11" x 22" piece of cotton; One 10" x 40" piece of cotton; One 16" x 9" piece of … Continue reading Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Resists – Cochineal Bath – Preparations…