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 – Enough About Me, What Does This Say About You?

Over the last few days I've ranted about what this piece might say about me as an artist, a technician, a person, a creative, etc... I still don't think it says something about me... Let me rephrase that; it doesn't say everything about me, and only a little about me right now! I made it … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – Enough About Me, What Does This Say About You?

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

Self-portrait project – Inspired by Anastasiya Kimchenko

In preparation for an upcoming challenge to paint a self-portrait as "the artist"... yes, that's the entire description of the challenge... to paint myself as "the artists". We were given no other direct hints, but we were given an introductory challenge: paint a self-portrait in the style of a specific artist, or paint a favourite … Continue reading Self-portrait project – Inspired by Anastasiya Kimchenko

Self-portrait project Seventeen (Part d) – Me, By Contrast

I needed to step away from the other ways of painting so far and I felt I hadn't yet explored dabbing the paint onto the canvas, nor had I dived into a monochrome portrait. The former, because I didn't want to destroy my brushes, which is what tends to happen when one grinds the bristles … Continue reading Self-portrait project Seventeen (Part d) – Me, By Contrast

Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part c) – Getting The Eyes Just Right

I was still dabbing on the paint here. You can see the impact of the stiff bristles on the canvas. I used mostly a matte Titanium white to pull up the emphasis on the features I wanted to... well, emphasize. At this point, I can feel how the matte paint is standing out over the … Continue reading Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part c) – Getting The Eyes Just Right

Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part b) – Laying Down Some Contrasts

First, the Part a would look like a plain black canvas, so I'm sharing a photo. Suffice it to say that I painted white gesso over the old painting then used a palette knife to load on some shiny Carbon Black. When that was dry, I first painted down the shape off the face by … Continue reading Self-portrait Project Seventeen (Part b) – Laying Down Some Contrasts