Neo-Apocalyptic Dust Mites #1

In my self-isolation due to Covid-19, the house has been cleaned and re-cleaned to a point of sterilization. Between cleanings, I’ve been reading, wasting time on social media, and making artworks. I discovered some abstract outlines in an old sketchbook and pulled out some bottles of acrylic inks I wanted to use before they dried … Continue reading Neo-Apocalyptic Dust Mites #1

Neo-Apocalyptic Dust Mites

In my self-isolation due to Covid-19, the house has been cleaned and re-cleaned to a point of sterilization. Between cleanings, I've been reading, wasting time on social media, and making artworks. I discovered some abstract outlines in an old sketchbook and pulled out some bottles of acrylic inks I wanted to use before they dried … Continue reading Neo-Apocalyptic Dust Mites

The Hollow Ones – Part 3 – The Dead Dance

Pinterest, in its awesomeness, sent me a series of paintings by the amazing Dan McCaw (https://www.mccawcontemporary.com). I believe his work is new to me and as you can imagine, I fell right into all of it! It's flowy, richly layered, fantastically expressive, and packed with stories... at least it kicked my mind into storytelling mode … Continue reading The Hollow Ones – Part 3 – The Dead Dance

Sawsan’s Elephant – She says it’s done!

It's been about three weeks since I touched this painting. Partially because I haven't had as much time to focus on it, and partially due to not being sure what more to add. I still wanted to make the skin more muted and grey, but just couldn't visualize it. Sawsan has been looking at it … Continue reading Sawsan’s Elephant – She says it’s done!

People of Some Distinction – A New Series

Born from paintings I saw on a trip to the Dominican Republic (eons ago) and a desire to evolve my People of the land series, I created this new series. I have to be honest, it's been sitting in the current state in my storage room for over a year and I finally pulled it … Continue reading People of Some Distinction – A New Series

Sawsan’s Elephant Project – Building the beast

Ok, so there are a few steps added this time. I got zealous and just worked on it, before taking step pictures. The first thing you might notice since the last photo, is the gradual homogenization of the background. Like the photo, I wanted it to look like a cloudy, foggy, moody thing. There have … Continue reading Sawsan’s Elephant Project – Building the beast

Sawsan’s Elephant Project – Pulling the animal out

I now started adding watered down black to show shadows and round out the contours. The effect often pulls forth greater contrasts in the whites previously applied. This is where the self-doubt can take hold and drive me into fits of overthinking. I know what's coming next so i keep pushing on and my excitement … Continue reading Sawsan’s Elephant Project – Pulling the animal out

Sawsan’s Elephant Project – The fun begins

Now I'm attacking the contrast and contours, the background, and foreground all at once... I forget how much this can be fun and how much it tries my patience when working in acrylics. I don't blend on the canvas in the same way I can in oils. I have to layer. It's a long and … Continue reading Sawsan’s Elephant Project – The fun begins

Sawsan’s Elephant Project – Adding Contrast

I didn't mention it last post, but I've moved the easel to better lighting to work under. In this picture you might be able to notice that I started adding movement behind the elephant. This is how i feel the contrast builds. I used different whites with a dry brush technique. More to come...

Sawsan’s Elephant Project – A little texturing

Sorry that it might be hard to see in this image, but I added a dry brushing of whites to start the long process ahead. I also widened the head and ears a little more to balance it with the body. The body on the right side was thinned out a little too. More to … Continue reading Sawsan’s Elephant Project – A little texturing