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
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
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….
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…
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
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…
Seriously though, I had no idea how much the hair would change the composition. You really need to go back to yesterday's post and compare the images. (I'll put them side-by-side below). I was plowing on loads of paint to diversify and enrich the volumes of the different bodies and I knew I'd have to … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – Four – Who Knew Hair Was So Transformative?
Staring at the big (30" x 30"), white canvas is often the most stressful part of my process. How do I start? Where do I start? That very first mark is so important to me that I find myself in a battle against my fears and insecurities. A multitude of voices clamour for dominance in … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – One
Yup, the hat is the spot that is bothering right now and I'm going to have to sleep on it. Until then, the face shape was a big change and that dictated something unintentional... well, an unintentional question. Do I make this a self-portrait? If so, do I add glasses? The addition of volume has … Continue reading Tourist Under The Windowed Wall – I think the hat will fight me…
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