Lunchtime

I've taken a summer job that allows me to have some extended breaks in the day. While not ideal for me, as I like to get stuff finished before starting something new, I'm learning to adapt. I've decided to challenge myself to paint some things during my breaks. I have a new watercolour set that … Continue reading Lunchtime

A Day at the Beach – Completed, I think…

I finished this well over a week ago, but wasn't sure of the sky. I finally moved it out of my studio onto a sunlit wall and I like it... I think. To be honest, I'm often unsure if I stop because something is finished, or if because I have other ideas screaming in my … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Completed, I think…

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

The Bathers – Momentary Creative Block Caused by Distractions

I've been wrapping up academic papers and struggling to stay motivated to do them. Usually, painting is my distraction from the papers, but these particular art history essays are really not too interesting to me. I added a few little touches to the painting since the last update... mainly shadows. I feel what's left is … Continue reading The Bathers – Momentary Creative Block Caused by Distractions

The Bathers – The colours are starting to sing

I think I found the music needed to make this work... Hothouse Flowers on Spotify... I forgot how much I loved the live recording style they had... a lot like The Doors. As mentioned yesterday (I think), I decided on using titanium white as a base to add the girl's bathing suit. Then I just … Continue reading The Bathers – The colours are starting to sing

The Bathers – A Few Steps in This Direction, Maybe….

I had a few minutes before supper (to procrastinate from doing my research paper) and wanted to get the white out of this composition. I felt it was blocking some crucial decision I needed to make... I filled in some unbleached titanium as an undertone for the skin and started to see a little more … Continue reading The Bathers – A Few Steps in This Direction, Maybe….

The Bathers – In The Absence Of The Right Music…

Key take-away for today... I need to pick a musical pallet along with my colour pallet! I knew I was going to paint the bathers, but I picked a random musical choice to paint with, and I felt resistance in almost every brushstroke... almost like I was painting against the music, instead of with it. … Continue reading The Bathers – In The Absence Of The Right Music…

The Bathers – Starting a new composition

I decided, with great excitement to start a new figure painting... I was initially uncertain about the size, or which canvas I might recycle, but one kept staring at me and I decided it needed an upgrade. I won't tell you which it was, but the dimensions of the canvas get me really excited: 48" … Continue reading The Bathers – Starting a new composition

The Artist Self – Four – Feeling Good, I think…

Let me start by saying I'm getting to that dangerous point in my semester where I just feel like quitting! I'm exhausted from all the academic papers and just want to get doing stuff! I want to continue painting more figures and faces and digging deeper into this style, but there are still things to … Continue reading The Artist Self – Four – Feeling Good, I think…