A Creative Block Project – Day 5

I needed to do something different today or get too bored and stop this project cold. I started with the stylized flower with a black brush marker and then drew halo-lines around it with my ink brushes. I really disliked the halo and found the colours just didn't mix well that way. I let myself … Continue reading A Creative Block Project – Day 5

Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Of Course! It’s Yellow!

Yesterday we discussed the crossroads one might face when painting... initial colours don't always work best for the composition, for the expression. I had in mind that there was a need for yellow and that need was expressed clearly by my nephew Mat, for whom I'm painting this. I also mentioned that I was still … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Of Course! It’s Yellow!

Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – My first dilemma…

Yesterday's post set up the serenity journey I'm on for my nephew, Mat... I found my tension colours to indicate some if the struggles and triumphs, but as in all journeys... there are things that must change for it to continue... we sometimes need to redirect... In this case, I have two crossroads to choose. … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – My first dilemma…

Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – First Steps…

My nephew, Mat, has been asking me for some artwork and we hadn't had time to sit and discuss what he wanted until a few weeks ago. I started by asking him some basic questions: "what styles, colours, and moods do you like?" He said abstract for style, greens for colours, but couldn't quite verbalize … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – First Steps…

Bad Birds Four – Lifting The Moods With A Hat And Single Flower

Never-mind that this is a very silly looking bird, the hat just throws into Monty Python silliness! Of course one must never forget the principle of good comedy and always ask what more can be added to the absurdity... that is where the flower in the hat came from. I was really enjoying the now-dirty … Continue reading Bad Birds Four – Lifting The Moods With A Hat And Single Flower

Bad Birds One – I Hate Just Waiting Around

It started about a week ago. My summer maintenance job was meant to be very easy work and I convinced myself it was just for a little extra cash, so it didn't matter what had to be done. I enjoy physical labour... it's a break from intellectual work and allows my mind to wander. However, … Continue reading Bad Birds One – I Hate Just Waiting Around

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

Lil’ Devil Fighting Boredom

Another lunchtime break that felt too long and being in the art room is a little like my being a kid in a candy store... so much temptation to take and use the abundance of art materials. I let my respect for karma dictate my actions and leave most of the stuff alone... I only … Continue reading Lil’ Devil Fighting Boredom

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

Defining beneficial inconsistencies in pursuit of art for the masses

The history and legacy of the New Deal arts program is intertwined with the Mexican muralist movement. Its role in the evolution of public art helped define the Americana voice and opened the possibility for an ever-evolving American art scene. The practice of painting murals was present in the USA before FDRs New Deal. The … Continue reading Defining beneficial inconsistencies in pursuit of art for the masses