An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – One

Entering into the home stretch of the semester, our painting teacher launched a new direction challenge... Astractions! I've done many abstracts over the past thirty or so years or so and felt I've done enough... especially since enjoying the portraits and figure painting much more this past few months, but I like a challenge, so... … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – One

Gosh, that’s worrisome!

It doesn't matter that people express fear or surprise in a thousand ways; my coping mechanism seems to always turn to a cartoon response. More than that, everyone becomes a meek and silly caricature of themselves. Please don't judge me too harshly, I don't belittle the person's expression of fear when this happens. It actually … Continue reading Gosh, that’s worrisome!

Sunset Dancing – The Hollow Ones #40

The heat is tremendous and the music fills me with joy. I imagine and hear beautiful people dancing for the rains to come and gently break the heatwave. The heat holds us in place and begs us to wait for it to play with the atmosphere and paint the world with fiery colours. Standing still … Continue reading Sunset Dancing – The Hollow Ones #40

Frankie Goes Dancing – The Hollow Ones #38

For those of you old enough to remember them, you will also remember why Frankie Goes To Hollywood was a common guilty pleasure. They were on my daily mix from Spotify today and I started remembering one of their live shows back in the 80s... Lavish light shows full of pastel & neon lasers; sound … Continue reading Frankie Goes Dancing – The Hollow Ones #38

Uncertain Frequencies

I've held onto this one for a little while because I couldn't figure out what it was telling me. All I got from it was uncertainty and anxiety. The colours are chaotic. The blending is choppy and frustrated. The piece makes me angry and anxious. It fills me with strife. I want to scream at … Continue reading Uncertain Frequencies

Feeling Kinda Blue – The Hollow Ones #36

I let the feeling wash over me, through me, and out of me. It went right to the paper and I was left with a feeling of joy. This is what blues music dies for me too. I acknowledge the emotions of the medium and let it wash away the sadness. What is left is … Continue reading Feeling Kinda Blue – The Hollow Ones #36

A Bit Of A Funk Approaching – The Hollow Ones #35

I didn't wake up feeling this way, at least, I think I didn't. A minor family crisis greeted us before our first coffee and a feeling of tension filled the air. When it was over, a sadness approached and hung about like a stink. The sky became overcast and heavy, instead of great lighting for … Continue reading A Bit Of A Funk Approaching – The Hollow Ones #35

Fierce Anger

I was scrolling over my Facebook feed, trying desperately not to feel like I was wasting time... I reeeeeealy was!!! I frankly have no idea what the protest was about, but I saw a familiar image of some guy yelling at another person and his face was full of righteous indignation... Feel free to interpret … Continue reading Fierce Anger

A Serious Fellow

I'm really loving charcoal sticks! can you tell? They are deliciously messy and sloppy, but allow me to express so much more atmosphere. The figure comes alive on the page. He is no longer just a portrait of some creepy Victorian gent. He has become the tragic protagonist of an Edgar Allen Poe novel. Seemingly … Continue reading A Serious Fellow

Oh My, The Happiness…

The simplest drawings sometimes release the purest feelings. I'd been drawing for a while where this one came out and I was in a moment of bliss. The only conscious decision was the basic shape of the face. I then let my m kind choose the mouth and the rest flowed to a happier face. … Continue reading Oh My, The Happiness…