Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – Starting without waste

Just to make things clear... the title is intended to be "Tourist Under The Windowed Wall". I started this one a little differently than the any other painting to date. I hung a black canvas next to the previous piece I'd been working on and used the excess paint on my pallet to start this … Continue reading Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – Starting without waste

Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #4 – How can I put myself in this painting?

At first I thought I could only add my glasses to make this image my self-portrait, then I realized what was bubbling up from my unconscious mind... I have been waxing nostalgic this past week with listening to music from the 1980s and watching documentaries about Street artists who started in that decade and how … Continue reading Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #4 – How can I put myself in this painting?

Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #3 – I need to sleep on it…

I gave this one a big burst of work all at once and needed to take a little break. When I woke up in the morning I was struck with a dilemma. I like it as it is, so is it finished? What does finished mean? I didn't really know how to answer, so I … Continue reading Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #3 – I need to sleep on it…

Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #2

I'm really, really loving this style of painting. My brushes are thick with paint and I'm smearing it all over the canvas. It's loose and free; it's messy and cathartic! Where I usually paint one layer at a time, let it dry, and then struggle to add loads of thin build-up layers, this is working … Continue reading Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park #2

Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park

Let me be clear, I'm only using the terminology "Inspired by..." because it's my version of his painting... essentially my copy of it. It's part of my ongoing explorations of styles and techniques. Again, I used a recycled canvas (overpainted) from some long neglected project (The People of the Land) in which the painting technique … Continue reading Portrait Project – Inspired by David Park

Self-Portrait Project – Loosely Inspired by Frank Auerbach

The challenge given was to create a self-portrait in the style of a specific artist, in this case Frank Auerbach, or to recreate a portrait done by the artist in my own style. I think I sort of got it half way between the two options. Starting with a heavily textured canvas, recycled for this … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project – Loosely Inspired by Frank Auerbach

Self-portrait project – Inspired by Anastasiya Kimchenko

In preparation for an upcoming challenge to paint a self-portrait as "the artist"... yes, that's the entire description of the challenge... to paint myself as "the artists". We were given no other direct hints, but we were given an introductory challenge: paint a self-portrait in the style of a specific artist, or paint a favourite … Continue reading Self-portrait project – Inspired by Anastasiya Kimchenko

Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part d) – The Simplest Solution Often Works Best

Back to the struggle of what colour does the shirt need to be... I painted it light grey, added pink all over it, then considered unbleached titanium... only to then consider just making it black. I could add highlights after if I wanted. Before this point, I was also wondering if I should add a … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part d) – The Simplest Solution Often Works Best

Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part c) – Struggling with Colours

The hair was the easiest choice... almost. I wanted a flat black and decided to do a base of Mars Black with a little Paynes Grey over it. I had contemplated adding some light grey highlights (perhaps an unnecessary touch of reality). The glass were the blues in my own glass - also an easy … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part c) – Struggling with Colours

Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part b) – Take a left and dive in!

I wasn't satisfied with the acrylic washes on paper. It felt too timid and I wanted to really challenge myself. I liked the face I painted, but wanted to redo it differently. I've been enjoying the use of the pallet knife to build volume in my still life paintings and wondered how it would work … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part b) – Take a left and dive in!