Monday, August 11, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
There's this pink cookie that they sell in Seattle that's starting to be my favorite sweet. They're just so big, it's a like drinking an energy drink. I'm starting to really enjoy putting a saturated blue for the shadows. I might be trying to reach some inner child with these dessert paintings, but I like the idea of depicting joy and happiness; pink is such a jubilant color.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Time to brush off the cobwebs! I recently relocated to Seattle, Washington to attend the University of Washington for graduate studies in painting and drawing. I've been living in Belltown for about a month or so and I have this fantastic view of the Space Needle from my 426 square foot apartment. I used white charcoal for the highlights, I thought the gray paper was effective for depicting a rainy day.
Friday, May 2, 2014
I love all the jovial colors macaroons are made in, literal eye candy. I used the palette knife make some variation in the background, it was also handy in popping out the highlights. I'm glad to say spring is here!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I work next to a french dessert shop so I've learned to love macaroons and their many colors. It's hard to paint them because I'd really rather eat them. In other news, I got into graduate school at the University of Washington for the fall, I'm so excited to be learning in an academic environment again. I also have a fellowship, which is something I didn't expect, I still can't believe that I got it.
Friday, March 14, 2014
On this piece I'm really excited about the color scheme, especially the red against the turquoise blue-green. I sought to recreate feeling of anticipation before opening a present, especially a gift so pretty! Lately while painting I've been thinking about a phrase my old watercolor teacher would always say, "make colors tasty," it's such good advice.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I painted this still life under natural lighting in order to get a morning feel for the coffee cups. I counted my strokes while I did them which allowed me to simplify the objects. I'm starting to really like the idea of getting an object's essence rather than painting the form accurately, it allows a lot more flexibility with the colors and brushwork.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
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I'm starting to prefer looking at life rather than photos; photographs can just get so stale because you forget how the air smelled and how the wind felt. I always love doing quick paintings where everything is the same degree of wetness, it makes fuzzy things like trees easier to paint.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
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I've been looking at a lot of Van Gogh paintings recently because I'm reading "The Sunflowers are Mine," by Martin Bailey. Van Gogh, through his letters to his brother, talks about how certain paintings 'vibrate,' which is just a great way to replicate reality is thinking about everything has its own energy, especially in nature. This is a view out my of window, I really enjoyed how the sun was obscured by the clouds but you could see the sun popping out every now and again. I used this medium that was great for a wet-on-wet, it was absolutely perfect for the branches.