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

Does Approaching an Abstract Require Emotional Nakedness?

For those who don't know, one of my recent art practices has been to keep a small canvas hanging near whatever I'm painting and to apply any extra paint onto it from my pallet... I became disgusted with how much paint I was wasting. Because I've been having so much fun doing faces, that is … Continue reading Does Approaching an Abstract Require Emotional Nakedness?

An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Six – Is There Such A thing As Too Much Miles Davis?

I know it's been only two days since posting the last update on this piece, but it's been five days in real-life... and what a five days they've been!!! I've been procrastinating from this piece -- unusual for me, I know, but I've been av riding the final brush strokes nonetheless. I wanted to add … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Six – Is There Such A thing As Too Much Miles Davis?

Damn! I might be on fire… again!

Making these spontaneous-ish portraits is really fun. I'm finding the use of extra paints from other projects to be a stimulating challenge. I've been deep into portraits lately and so I am not surprised this one became a face. It started with yellow and I didn't feel any flames until I added the light blue. … Continue reading Damn! I might be on fire… again!

An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Five – A Single Note to Punctuate the Blue

RE: Painting my way through Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. I stepped away for a few days... well, not exactly stepped away, as I do all my work in my studio-office and spend a good three hours or more each day staring it this composition... even while working on papers. Hey! It's nor procrastination, … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Five – A Single Note to Punctuate the Blue

A Passing Thought In The Middle of my Chaotic Mind

There is so much going one right now that I'm surprised I remember how to breathe. I do believe this is what my passing thoughts look like these days: a quiet blur in a single direction. I continued to play with the extra paints from a massive, blue abstract I'm working on and just let … Continue reading A Passing Thought In The Middle of my Chaotic Mind

An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Three – In Come The Solos

RE: Painting my way through Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. The first solo, a blast of dark blue sound, pouring down over the composition with the force of a tsunami, but never indulgent enough to obliterate the other musicians... as with this application of paint, we can still hear/see the other components of the … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Three – In Come The Solos

An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Two

RE: Painting my way through Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. The brush ripped across the snare drum and tickles the high hat cymbal with a fierce determination... Threatening the coming storm of sound that is Miles' horn. The dipping of the brush on brass required a response... it required the use of a pallet … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – Two

An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – One

Entering into the home stretch of the semester, our painting teacher launched a new direction challenge... Astractions! I've done many abstracts over the past thirty or so years or so and felt I've done enough... especially since enjoying the portraits and figure painting much more this past few months, but I like a challenge, so... … Continue reading An Abstract Project – Kind of Blue – One

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…