Exploring Mixed-Media Portraiture with my First Graders

Father's Day was fast approaching and I felt the some of my kids needed additional gifts for their dad's. As usual, I de-emphasize that it ion for Dads, as some of my students don't have one and emphasized instead that it be a portrait of a family member, but could be for Father's Day if … Continue reading Exploring Mixed-Media Portraiture with my First Graders

Eye-to-eye, Side-by-side: A question of completeness

I struggle with admitting that a painting is spontaneous. I am worried people will see less value in it when I do. This has more to do with my evaluation of the works I make. I get into a great inner-discussion to remind myself of how long I've stared at the blank canvas, researched and … Continue reading Eye-to-eye, Side-by-side: A question of completeness

Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani

It started with a question: How do I dispel the fear some of my students have at making art? Well, I could lecture them about all the innovators and show them dozens of paintings by folks like Picasso, Klee, Modigliani, Park, ect... OR, I could some excellent YouTube resources and let them see the joy … Continue reading Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani

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…