(Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-life Project – I’ve been challenged!

We had our final critique with some classmates and teachers and I got challenged to see my "Big Still Life" in a whole different way! I knew I was modifying the relative sizes of the pieces to play with multiple perspectives, but the shadows all grew from there same light source and direction. My teacher … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-life Project – I’ve been challenged!

(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 – 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 – 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

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Considering my Composition

The next challenge directives gives came as follows: "Make it big. It's a big still life." Ok, now pause for dramatic effect... like what really happened in classs, before the questions started to roll out... It's meant to be big in stature, or subject of the composition; we can paint a close-up of one object … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Considering my Composition

A Moment of Contemplation

Obviously, I didn't take this shot, but I feel it's worth sharing as part of my creative process. I was standing for a time near the water's edge, contemplating what might be floating downstream from the waterfall. Everything around me was green, but I was apparently so focused that my friends and my wife couldn't … Continue reading A Moment of Contemplation

My Ongoing Creative Conundrum

Ok, daydreaming is now a good thing. CHECK 👍 Thank you, Abraham-Hicks! I've been a guilty master of this practice all my life and I won't feel guilty about it anymore! Well, that's my intention. Onto the next overthought... The moment I started accepting this freedom, I started rethinking what I want to do creatively... … Continue reading My Ongoing Creative Conundrum

Distorted Ozs #13 – Eat Your Heart Out

While barely recognizable as a robot, I chose to continue some features I've done earlier. Such as the open chest cavity and the visible heart. Only this time, the heart seems to be floating just out of reach of the teeth. The line from which it hangs is over the sharp teeth, not behind it. … Continue reading Distorted Ozs #13 – Eat Your Heart Out

Distorted Ozs #12 – A Little Heart

I came across this peculiar robot drawing. It had no face, no hat, and no obvious mobility. Even if all its mechanics were in the rib cage, there's little mechanical evidence that it could move its arms and legs. The joints don't seem right. Maybe it's magic. If it's magic, it could be a Tin … Continue reading Distorted Ozs #12 – A Little Heart