Recent words have been parlayed by the insidious evil called work. With traveling 10 days straight and long hours put on repeat for 2 months has serious and lasting consequences on the creative flow, excuse? Maybe, but a little camping vaca has leveled my conciseness and hopefully I can snap back to the creative flow.
The itch is there and needs to be scratched by a grizzly bear, prepare for some blood red scratching…
Paint finish Foxy, big brush landscapes, coaster paintings, work on commission, skulls, fun figures
Draw studies, doodles and freeform subconscious Joungesque, fill up sketch books
House projects (better working space) closet modes, table and desk cleanse, lighting???, tbd
Writing art blog, RN blog posts, daily journal, food blog, (start of something new), edit posts
Move to creative life not just work life
Be wacky and silly and fuck the “Man”
Photography carry camera with (not just phone), document more, instagramer-master
Background art making build stretchers, collect stuff, observe
Personal go out less after work, make the time to do above, be held accountable for this list (your job)
If you got through my stupidness of the to do, congrates…
The message is clear, the target painted, I am here, I will~
Another coaster painting, I am not sure if I want to go back into this one but it is signed for now… Might deepen the blue at the bottom, what do you all think?
Artists will often let work sit for a while and go back into them to fix things they did not see right away. I mostly know what I wanted to do and I did go back into this one and darken it up, There are a few minor fixes I did as well. I will leave the original up for comparison.
Apparently nothing is sacred in the world today, I was doing a google search for image references for my coaster painting series and looked up “whale tail”.To my surprise there came up a lot of girls with their thong panties sticking out of there jeans looking like a whales tail just before it sinks back into the depths of the ocean.The pictures where almost all candid, which disturbs me but that is a different discussion.
I am a little scared to google “raven’s beak”, all kidding aside here is the painting that came out of that search:
The St. Paul art crawl will be held this weekend and I will be showing some of my work there! I will be squatting in my talented friend Jen’s space. Please note I will be holding shorter hours than the official SPAC hours.
2500 University Ave. D3 (top of stairs to the right)
St. Paul, MN
Friday April 22 6pm – 10pm
Saturday April 23 noon to 6pm
Free parking behind the building or take the blue line.
If anyone wants to come by outside of these times please contact me and we can arrange a private showing, the art will be up as early as Wednesday and won’t be taking it down until Monday or so.
Oh, and I will have beer and wine for friends (while supplies last) yes I am not above bribery!
I am in no state to figure it out at the moment, I think I am a bit delusional at the moment.
Everything seems a bit surreal but only slightly, like I am in a shifted universe. Waiting for reality to collapse into one possibility or another…
Since my last post (which I stated that I would be posting more and have started a half dozen post since) I have spent 40 days and night in Tennessee for work, 4 trips @ 10 days and mostly 12+ hour days…
Home time is 4 days at a time, I have been productive for the most part, 2 paintings finished, one sold, several started, some R&R, etc…
After the first trip I tried to be productive as well on the road, not easy but I did finish up a sketchbook (de-constructing the box), and filled out 15 or so pages in my tiny sketchbook. I even sold a drawing to a nice couple from west TN…
Many goals for home time, still waiting to hear if one more trip may happen, pretty sure not but that is what I thought last time.
Coming up, talks about the two paintings that are done, de-constructing the box sketchbook, goals and the like!
Oh, I will be showing my art in the St. Paul Art Crawl, more details to come! (and if I am not in TN or elsewhere)
The gods have had some cruel plans for me and goals I have set forth. They through two last minute work trip at me consisting of 9 days on 12 hours a day with 5 days home and repeat the fun and joy again. I got some drawing done in the hotel bar and only have (1) one page left until that book is done!
It was interesting, while I was drawing an older couple was watching me intently and finally asked what I was drawing and what kind of art I do. Tossed them the sketchbook and they started flipping through it, commenting and asking questions. I spent some time talking to them, especially her, she is an inspiring artist, wanting to create after she retires and was intent on asking about process and the like. He found a drawing that really talk to him, asked if he could buy it! I don’t often sell right out of the sketchbook but this drawing had no sentimental value so I said sure.
While I was between trips I did get some paintings worked on, one almost done and two started. I thing they will need their own post however.
The days of late have been dark, gray and cold. The urge of putting paint to canvas has been strong but the world has thwarted the attempt more than a few times. Some self-imposed but mostly the world has been crapping in the bed. What a mess!
In spite of the difficulties, I have almost finished one of the new painting I started a little bit ago and finished a small “coaster” painting that was started years ago, not to mention I have a 4 coasters ready to go, more on these works soon. I have also worked a lot in my “de-constructing the box” sketchbook with the goal of finishing it out soon. There has been a bit of doodling happening on any piece of paper that seems to need marks (especially during meetings). So the energy is being contained with little pressure releases.
A self-imposed commitment has been reached to flex the right brain and work with in the creative side. This will be hard since my day job is mostly left brain work.
How to achieve?
• Draw, draw, draw
• Non-linear brain storming
• Push boundaries
• Ask questions (self and others)
• Work a lot (personal)
• Write about it
I have made myself a lot of promises and goals over the year. Focus and follow through is the key to my success here.
“Nature operates in the shortest way possible”
Halleluiah, the revival has begun! Pull up a seat to the second coming as paint to brush to canvas will cleanse the soul. AMEN, HALLELUIAH. A dynamic truth to those who believe will be lifted up, amen and halleluiah!
This is the time to spread out, have a revival, and get back to basics of the worship of art and philosophy and the anxiety of the physiological state…
Formal; emerging; outsider…
New work is playing in mind and canvas, take a peek to informally named Been Pushed: too far
Under-color: I hate working from a white canvas, this was going to be a different painting original
Next steps will be corrections of under painting, glazing and more corrections and glazing. May be a part of a series.
For redemption, open your hearts and join the revival…
today I am starting a project where in the next 28 days I will try to create 10,000 sq inches of art/drawing/doodling/sketching/painting etc… It doesn’t need to be good all the time, I just have to do something creative.
I will be posting results here and at my blog site also.
if anyone wants to join in feel free!
Re(focus) is no good if there is no action to back it up so I broke the bounds that have been holding me back and forced myself back into the work I love so. As the shackles fall from my wrists and ankles I took off running as if something big and dangerous was chasing me, nipping at my heels. Four (4) new works started or restarted…
The first painting I started working on is a nude that had a base laid down some time ago, some blue outlines to indicate where I wanted the main figure to be on the page was also laid down. As a start I started by adding a wash of paint with drips and splatters to get the color vibe going for then started to block in the figure keeping a painterly and loose style through the image. I felt that it got to a good point and I left it yesterday as it is in the picture below.
Today I went back at it, I fought with the breasts a bit (sounds more fun than it really was) under the hands that I had already blocked out. I pretty much had to paint over some of what I liked of her left had to get the feeling and light I wanted for the breast/cleavage area. I also worked on the torso for a bit and added some cooler tones behind her elbow and curve of her waist and added some more splatter to the overall image. I will post some images of this phase when I can…
I really did not mean for this post to be a talk about process of this painting but I don’t think it is a bad thing especially for the re(focus), talking about what’s on the mind is good…
I have a few commissions lined up that I am going to start in the next few days, along with an opportunity to hang a few paintings at a trendy place downtown, more on that when I have things up though!
Boy, this has been a rambley post, I will shut up now… oh if anyone wants to know more , have questions or wants to commission me out/buy a piece please leave a comment!