Using a handmade marking brush: made from a maple branch, jute twine, and dried dragon lily stems (the brush part). The brittle stems of the brush hairs become more subtle in the India-Ink and allow for more variation in line thickness and gesture. I wanted to give you the movement and found I was staring … Continue reading A Study Of A Foot In Motion
For those who've been following the progress of my still lives this past few months, you know I was challenged a few days ago to warp my visions and play with perspectives. The first version of Warped was done on a smaller paper: 17"(43.2cm) x 14"(35.6cm). I originally had no intention of painting it, but … Continue reading Revisiting the Big Still Life Project – Warped Composition – A Drawing
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!
It's in the eyes. He has those used-car-salesman looks about him. Only he looks like he's from some Old-Western times... Trying to look the daddy and prosperous chap of those times. I kind of get the feeling he'd be selling a painted horse as a "new-fangled zebra". Perhaps I'm projecting but I feel he's got … Continue reading The Used Horse Salesman
The everyday people of this world are filled with wonderful stories. They may occasionally look bored, but don't mistake this look to mean they are boring. Age has filled them with experience and perspective that we can all learn from. What do you think this fellow's story is? Using coloured Conte and charcoal on black … Continue reading Mumford’s Dad. Also known as, Mumford.
Ok, I admit that I might be channelling an angry or serious Fat Albert here and I apologize if this is appropriation or even remotely racially insensitive. I think he started out in my mind as Peter Griffin from The Family Guy. The colours of my Conte just lend themselves to these features. Here he … Continue reading What’d You Say, Again?
Friends, I'm not sure what dark corner of my imagination this weirdo comes from. Perhaps it's a subconscious call for me to watch the docu-drama on John Wayne Gacy. Not sure, but it sure is creepy! The pasty and bloated saltimbanque wearing oversized black John-Lennon-glasses... I don't know... I just don't know! Somehow it just … Continue reading Venice Beach Ice Cream Man
Distaste seems so mild for this expression. Disgust doesn't seem to cut it either. Disdain is just one of those words I've never fully integrated into my vocabulary. The expression seems to be making a sound well beyond a harumph! It's more of an air-through-the-nose followed by a "hmm"! There's a slight exclamation of curiosity … Continue reading So Much, but Maybe Not!
There I be, perplexed and annoyed. The conundrum eating away at my brain, like some parasitic cicada cry. Damned confusion! It's giving me a darned forehead wrinkle. The doodles are coming to life, but the white Conte doesn't love this paper as much as I'd hoped... could be my impatience that is increasing the friction … Continue reading Mullin ‘n Chewin it Over
Imagine the shot taken, or drawn right after some mischievous action was taken by the subject. Let your mind wander. So, far my imagination has ranged from the ever so slightly perverted to the absolutely absurd and everything in-between. What do you think has brought this self-satisfied smile to his face? Dimension: 9" (23cm) x … Continue reading Heh, heh, heh. Oh, yeah!