Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
This is another little guy I did, I like to put these tiny things on mini easels. I caught this scene while visiting family in Gallipolis. While driving down, I love watching the transition from flat land into rolling hills. This was a prototype for "Ohio Hills," I feel disappointed that I prefer this little oil sketch to the 8"x 10" version I did, but it happens. The works that I finish quickly tend to be more successful because I'm making fast decisions, which allows for a more cohesive result. I can generalize more sufficiently if I rush myself with the actual painting; however, I've found that at the drawing stage you need to be very accurate, a successful painting is always supported by good drawing.
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Friday, July 20, 2012
I've been painting little tiny prototypes for awhile now. Painting small lets you generalize the detail even more, it's a wonderful exercise before starting a bigger painting. I've found that you can paint exactly what you see when you squint, with the blurriness and everything, it would be as legitimate as a painting that has every single detail illustrated. With these small images it might be better to use a smoother material like masonite or linen rather than regular canvas.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
I've been waiting to paint this plant for awhile! This is my venus fly trap and it has been flourishing outside in its little pot.I find it kind ironic that I have a venus fly trap, considering that I'm a vegetarian. I got the chills the other day when I picked up the pot and one of heads closed. It's been getting super lime green lately because I've been feeding the plant distilled water- it doesn't necessarily need fly meat. I used a lot of gloss/matte medium in this piece, just to experiment a bit. I like how the windowsill came out, I feel like it really fits against the plant.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
This is a painting that will be on the side of a building in a few weeks. The Short North Business Association is putting up paintings from different galleries on buildings throughout the city. It will be printed on canvas and then plastered on the building, it should last 6 months. It's going to be a good advertisement for myself and the gallery-very exciting!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
On Sunday there was an event called "Art in the Park" hosted by Friends of Goodale Park, I was one of the plein-air artists painting during the concert. I feel like I should go back in and crisp things up, but I feel like it would take away from the fast plein-air strokes, I'm very conflicted. I did find that I like taking pictures of the painting in direct sunlight because it replicated the color almost perfectly. I try not to have a glare, but I don't think I can get rid of that without taking away the color. Here's a pictures from the event:
Friday, July 6, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
I like the way the flower is leaning into the light, like in a friendly type of manner. I took advantage of the black background as much as I could. I also made that glass bottle in college, which accounts for the irregular shape. I also love how simply and quickly the flower came together, it's funny what a few primarily sketches can do to a quick alla prima painting.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
This is my first time using linen and I absolutely love it. It's a good cross between masonite and canvas, it has just the right smoothness. My parents got this limoncello glass is from their trip to Positano. Italian ceramicware always has a richness to it, as if they're meant for a Cezanne painting. I have this tube of Cerulean blue that definitely does the job right, it's impossible to get the color in the background without it.