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

My Autobiographical Pattern – Moving into an Installation

What follows is the first draft of a proposal that is to be submitted for a final Fibres art project this year... It will surely change, but I wanted to share my thought process on this installation... My Love of Making is a Fluxus Affair Guiding Quotes: “If I create from the heart, nearly everything … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – Moving into an Installation

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…

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…

The Artist Self – One – Do What Talks to You…

Sometimes going in a new direction brings us back to ourselves. The last piece I painted (A Crowd of Me) left me a little discouraged and a lot determined to do some reflection. While I got some positive feedback from my support clan (aka my amazing wife and daughter), I still felt I didn't do … Continue reading The Artist Self – One – Do What Talks to You…

A Crowd of Me – I might have overworked it, but I’m stoping here.

I'm not sure where I lost track of what I was doing in this one. I saw the possible flaws I wanted to correct and even felt I knew what to do to correct them, but as soon as I started tom paint them in, I hesitated and overthought the process. I just kept blending … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – I might have overworked it, but I’m stoping here.

A Crowd of Me – Four – Who Knew Hair Was So Transformative?

Seriously though, I had no idea how much the hair would change the composition. You really need to go back to yesterday's post and compare the images. (I'll put them side-by-side below). I was plowing on loads of paint to diversify and enrich the volumes of the different bodies and I knew I'd have to … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – Four – Who Knew Hair Was So Transformative?

A Crowd of Me – Three – It feels oddly cartoonish, for now…

While I'm enjoying the annotated feel of this and how it feels cartoonishly alien, it isn't what I was intending. It feels... incongruous. Some of the faces aren't in the same style or emotional range. At this stage, I feel that I've fallen back on my older drawing style and not kept with the spontaneous … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – Three – It feels oddly cartoonish, for now…

A Crowd of Me – Two: I see some change in perspective

Yesterday, I mentioned that I originally intended to input my self-portrait as only one of the crowd. I wanted to be the small face in the back, right of the composition... the spectator behind the crowd, looking at whatever they were looking at. Hmmm... I wonder if this means I have a secret desire to … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – Two: I see some change in perspective

A Crowd of Me – One

Staring at the big (30" x 30"), white canvas is often the most stressful part of my process. How do I start? Where do I start? That very first mark is so important to me that I find myself in a battle against my fears and insecurities. A multitude of voices clamour for dominance in … Continue reading A Crowd of Me – One