Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – Opening another feeling

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

Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – I think the hat will fight me…

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…

Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – Starting without waste

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

Waiting to be seated at the the Rainforest Café – A Few Questions Answered

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

Waiting to be seated at the the Rainforest Café – Do I stop Or Continue?

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?

Waiting to be seated at the the Rainforest Café – Initial brushstrokes

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

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…