Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Five

See T'Hed Four for previous progressions... As written yesterday: I've shifted to a thick, textured drawing paper. This is a creme coloured paper. I found some tonal Conte & charcoal sticks to play with and was uncertain about the blending, or to keep it messy. Full disclosure: I pulled my back again and it is … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Five

Transformative Artistry — Antoni Gaudi

youtube.com/watch A few nights ago, in one of our long, winding, and intellectually indulgent conversations, my good friend Marcel and I were dreaming out loud about possible work relocations. I eventually came around to discussing Barcelona as a place I could see my family being right now and staying into retirement. I gave some practical … Continue reading Transformative Artistry — Antoni Gaudi

A little good news — about creativity

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/this-simple-word-test-reveals-how-creative-you-are/ I'm not sure why, but this mental exercise sounds familiar. As a person who has often been accused of being too literate because of my love of semantics, this is a game I've often played with myself... well, various versions of it. Care to see if you are really creative? Take the test: https://www.datcreativity.com/about

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?

Warped Two – Taking a Step Back to Consider…

I really needed to dive into this one this morning and the only thing I knew was that I needed to start blending lighter colour onto the backgrounds to add volume to the composition. Oddly, I started with some light colours (yellow) on the face vase and then added green to the flower stocks, followed … Continue reading Warped Two – Taking a Step Back to Consider…

Warped Two – Introducing The Shadow

In a nutshell, I used Payne's Grey to paint in the shadows and then the painting bug bit. So, I did a nice red wash with a matte and opaque red over the crimson background. I did the same with the green surface in the lower half of the painting. I used a few different … Continue reading Warped Two – Introducing The Shadow

Warped One – The first application of paint

Here I go... time to take a leap... To be honest I've been procrastinating a little on the start of this one. I've still got a little trepidation regarding watercolour paint. I've got all sorts of preconceived notions about the techniques needed to make it work well and I'm not sure I can do it. … Continue reading Warped One – The first application of paint

Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 3 – An Experiment In Yellow

Here you have them... all together in a nice pile... All the yellow variations I could achieve. I'll separate them and catalogue them, then reconfigure them into something hopefully beautiful... well... no, let's just go with that intention, shall we... Stay tuned and see what happens...

(Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-Life (a.k.a. 5th Still-life Project) – A New Approach

I'm approaching this one very differently. I've been wanting to paint with a pallet knife, so that's the first change. I also wanted to paint directly onto the canvas, without drawing first, so that's the second change. The big change is that I will be painting very thick layers of paint, from the background forward... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-Life (a.k.a. 5th Still-life Project) – A New Approach

(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