A little good news — this one’s for all us art nerds

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/adopt-notre-dame-gargoyle/ In the Many parts of North America, the public can adopt a piece of the highways to contribute to public funds (and get tax breaks). For years now, my family has been adopting (fostering by donation) animals as gifts to our children. My wife now does this for an elephant and two chimpanzees. I'm … Continue reading A little good news — this one’s for all us art nerds

A little good news — Art is all around us!!!

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/twig-saints-chris-kenny-twig-art/ The world is full of art! This artist really found that inner child we so often deny and delivered a world so full of joy and wonder, that I want to run out to the forest and explore! It reminded me of the random rock and branch sculptures I would make during walks in … Continue reading A little good news — Art is all around us!!!

A little good news… about environmentally cool art

This is cool Dir several reasons... one, the possibility of experimenting with a different paint colour on canvases, and there's more! The possibilities for architecture that contributes to the reduction of global warming!!! http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/purdue-university-indiana-whitest-paint-for-buildings/ Ok, maybe it's the art and science geek in me, but this is really, really cool!!! (The pun might be intended😏)

A little good news… about art!!!

For art nerds and artists alike we sometimes struggle with the reasons we paint what we paint... well, it can have something to do with where we are painting... at least it appears that way for Vincent Van Gogh... http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/van-gogh-painted-his-last-masterpiece-here-discovery/

The Bathers – Momentary Creative Block Caused by Distractions

I've been wrapping up academic papers and struggling to stay motivated to do them. Usually, painting is my distraction from the papers, but these particular art history essays are really not too interesting to me. I added a few little touches to the painting since the last update... mainly shadows. I feel what's left is … Continue reading The Bathers – Momentary Creative Block Caused by Distractions

Does Approaching an Abstract Require Emotional Nakedness?

For those who don't know, one of my recent art practices has been to keep a small canvas hanging near whatever I'm painting and to apply any extra paint onto it from my pallet... I became disgusted with how much paint I was wasting. Because I've been having so much fun doing faces, that is … Continue reading Does Approaching an Abstract Require Emotional Nakedness?

The Bathers – The colours are starting to sing

I think I found the music needed to make this work... Hothouse Flowers on Spotify... I forgot how much I loved the live recording style they had... a lot like The Doors. As mentioned yesterday (I think), I decided on using titanium white as a base to add the girl's bathing suit. Then I just … Continue reading The Bathers – The colours are starting to sing

The Bathers – A Few Steps in This Direction, Maybe….

I had a few minutes before supper (to procrastinate from doing my research paper) and wanted to get the white out of this composition. I felt it was blocking some crucial decision I needed to make... I filled in some unbleached titanium as an undertone for the skin and started to see a little more … Continue reading The Bathers – A Few Steps in This Direction, Maybe….

The Bathers – In The Absence Of The Right Music…

Key take-away for today... I need to pick a musical pallet along with my colour pallet! I knew I was going to paint the bathers, but I picked a random musical choice to paint with, and I felt resistance in almost every brushstroke... almost like I was painting against the music, instead of with it. … Continue reading The Bathers – In The Absence Of The Right Music…

The Bathers – Starting a new composition

I decided, with great excitement to start a new figure painting... I was initially uncertain about the size, or which canvas I might recycle, but one kept staring at me and I decided it needed an upgrade. I won't tell you which it was, but the dimensions of the canvas get me really excited: 48" … Continue reading The Bathers – Starting a new composition