Squid – Mr. Squiggles

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?
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The original one
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.
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Final version
Mr. Squiggles
oil on coaster
3.5 x 3.5 inches (88 x 88 mm)
2016
you can find it on etsy now!
Oh, this painting is based off of a sketch in my sketchbook.
of the deep

Whale Tail in Blue

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:

 whale tail in Blue

Whales Tail in Blue

Oil on found coaster

3.5” x 3.5” 88cm x 88cm aprox.

For sale – 50$ usa + shipping now on etsy

Buy this and get a chuckle every time!

Now that I am thinking about it, I think it would be funny to do a diptych of actual whale tail and girl while tail side by side.  Artsy though nothing crude 🙂

The Dog Days of Winter

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.

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From De-Construction of the Box

How to achieve?

• Draw, draw, draw
• Non-linear brain storming
• Paint
• Push boundaries
• Ask questions (self and others)
• Work a lot (personal)
• Write about it
• Others

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”
Aristotle

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detail from a painting

 

Revival – the Second Coming

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

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Sketch:

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Underpainting:

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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…

Enough talk, let’s take it to the next…

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.

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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!

New Drawing

It is amazing how a bunch of straight lines and a few squigglely ones can transform into mood and beauty, form and function.

Yes, this weekend I broke out the trusty sketch book and found a reference that felt right and I did what I have been trying and saying I am going to do for weeks if not months, which is to draw, paint, create.

I wanted to do something a bit more subtle, something with flow and softness yet a bit moody, pen and ink, in a style that is similar to what I started doing for the work from my 500 for five series.

At first, with a light pencil I started to lay the frame work and composition down.  It was a little awkward at first, gradually it started to flow so I moved over to the pen and the first bold line felt great.

Worked out the major land marks, move to lesser ones and then retraced the lines that spoke out giving weight to them.   Time flies and it is a good sign.

After I get most of the main and important areas completed I move to the bar, get a beer and finish the large and somewhat less interesting and tedious negative space, give them life, it is meditative, finish and sign.

I am happy and relieved about the drawing, turned out well.  Might pull out of sketch book , mat and frame it.

Now to draw more, work on studies and small drawing almost every day and do one or two bigger pieces per week.

This work is for sale: $35 unframed + shipping

  • The glance
  • 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Pen on archival paper
  • 2012

finally got some drawings done

ok, it is not much but it is some. basically it is some stuff in my little journal, something i am intending to do a lot more of…

a friend’s pose

out back of my apartment

same pose as above but quicker and more abstract, and higher up