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?

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…

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!

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

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…

Portrait Of An Odd Feeling

Another more-or-less spontaneous portrait (perhaps, self-portrait) built up from the left over paints on the main canvas I'm currently working. I started with laying in blues over the whole board... I was blending the paints right on my other canvas and then brushing off the extra here. The blob in the middle became the face … Continue reading Portrait Of An Odd Feeling

The Artist Self – Three – Things are working out nicely, so far…

It's been a few days that I've been staring at the unpainted figure and the background, so far. I've been really enjoying the the rough blending of greens, blues and hints of yellow in the upper background, as well as the dark swatch across the lower third of the painting... the rest was still open … Continue reading The Artist Self – Three – Things are working out nicely, so far…

Getting Tired – Working Out Some Stuff…

While working on my main canvases, I've been plopping the extra paint onto separate canvases lately to see what might appear. I'm also trying to work out suggestions I get from fellow artists to improve the expression in my work. These are experimentations and I am painting them with the acceptance that I will most … Continue reading Getting Tired – Working Out Some Stuff…