Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty-One: Back to colours

See previous developments at T'Hed Twenty The next batch of T'heds are mostly about colour explorations with the crayons. I'm letting my gut drive the compositions and my hands dictate how to use the crayons. Truth be told, it's been a few weeks since my last drawing and I'm really having to dig deep for … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty-One: Back to colours

Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – Discovering a New Balance

When you look at the last photo of this project you will see that it felt our of balance. It bothered me for days that I couldn't figure out what was off and frankly, I'm still not sure. I felt I needed to bring the striations of horizontal colours more inline with each other. Part … Continue reading Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – Discovering a New Balance

Bad Birds Three – I Am My Own Moodiness

We all have choices to make and the hardest is often how we choose to react to our circumstances. I was so frustrated with boredom that I became unaware of how I was emoting that black cloud of frustration. I was generating my own shadow of negativity wherever I went and getting even more resentful … Continue reading Bad Birds Three – I Am My Own Moodiness

Bad Birds Two – Keeping My Nose Out Of It

Remember that these were reactions to the boredom caused by the work practices of the summer job team... I can't really blame them... it might have made sense to me when I was 19 too. But now, I have so much on my mind and I'm quite set in my ways... work hard now to … Continue reading Bad Birds Two – Keeping My Nose Out Of It

The overwhelming emotional weight of a blank canvas – early strokes

I'm still really bothered by the whole copying consideration and even though calling the various inspirations studies of the artist, I still want to attempt original work. However, in comparison to my studies, I feel they don't match up... well, to be honest, I am still copying my old styles, and they are what I … Continue reading The overwhelming emotional weight of a blank canvas – early strokes

Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – Adding some texture

While I feel the window that separates the halves of the composition turned out remarkably well, I realize that it completely restated the figure. Is he inside a room, or outside one? What kind of space is he sitting in? Do I need to continue the glass across the back of the composition to further … Continue reading Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – Adding some texture

Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – first colours

Let me start with the persistent questions of authenticity, originality, inspiration, and appropriation I beat myself up with on almost every new painting. They are all versions of "what is the line between inspiration and plagiarism?" AND they all fuel my self-doubt, my impostor syndrome! I don't know how to be rid of this feeling, … Continue reading Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – first colours

Hiding – the little devil in me

I had too much time on my hands during a workday, as my team decided we had done enough for the day, and I wasn't sure what to do with myself. We were basically told to go and hide until the day was done. I wandered around the school I'm working in and found the … Continue reading Hiding – the little devil in me

A Day at the Beach – Solving an overworked Sky

The burnt umber outlines really helped me see a new direction for the sky. I wanted the figure to stand as the main focus of the composition, so I needed a muted background to go against the skin. I was not happy with the b blues I had on it previously and felt strongly that … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Solving an overworked Sky

A Day at the Beach – Laying in some colours

It feels like much longer than a week since I added colours to the initial layers as seen in the previous posting. I had started with bolder colours and felt that would be where it was meant to go, but it really wasn't. I started in on adding textures and movement in the sky behind … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Laying in some colours