Boy did this year go whizzing by. I’m hoping to finish up the year with one last acrylic painting. It isn’t looking like I’ll hit the 12 Paintings in a year that I hoped for. On the other hand I did blow that goal out of the water if you measure it by surface area. I was originally planning on 18×24 being the default size until I fell for the box 30x40s.
I’m still hoping to do all of next year in oils, but I may delay the start of that until the Jeff Miracola oil videos are launched, that would let me experiment a bit with acrylics before then.
Still having a hard time letting go of the feeling that everything has to be the most complete piece that pushes skills to the limit. I may do a bit of a mini quickndirty Painting challenge.
But for now the end of the year looks to be coming fast and that has all sorts of repercussions to ‘free’ time.
Finished another painting, tremendously happy with parts of it, but I think I need to take a break from these larger pieces for a while. It’s been very exciting to work big and loose but the surface area size and the quick drying time of acrylics are working against me at this point. But on the upside, it really feels like that’s something that’s been hard to get to the point of noticing,until recently. That has to mean that I’m getting to the point of making the mental shift from working to just get paint onto canvas in the right spots to the point of having a feel for the paint itself and having the working time to execute the mental image.
Added 2 not so new (Nov & Dec 2015) paintings to the gallery.
I’m sure they’ll be replaced fairly soon as I hope to be cranking out newer and better pieces over the year.
The 2nd painting of the year (now almost a month behind schedule) is getting it’s final lines and color comp this week and Hopefully will be done shortly thereafter so I can catch up by the end of March.
Ok, been a bit hectic and I’ve been a bad blogger. 🙁
I feel I can blame it on the impending arrival of offspring and get on with it.
Couple paintings are done and there’s now a nice angel and demon in 24×24″ panels in the front hall. You know.. to scare people away from the good art that covers the rest of the house.
So the current plans (subject to revision but hey I feel better when I can pretend life’s going according to some sort of plan) is to prep the baby room and get the 2 paintings finished in time for baby Jude to arrive. Then it’s baby time and squeezing in the last touches on Mutant Sheep Eat The Planet! and get that finished out by Summer in addition to getting some more freelance work and getting Wenderflonia all set up and ready to take over the art world.
So it only took a little under 7 months, this weekend I finally wrapped up the behemoth that’s been hanging in the kitchen since January. The biggest change was wiping out the sun, which I spent so much time into getting perfect the first time around. However it just wasn’t working. Once the sun got off the canvas the remainder just fell into place.
While it was fun for the most part, I’m seriously gonna think twice before starting another canvas of that size. It just takes so long and so much effort you wind up just tired of it before you’re halfway, and then once part comes out brilliant, just as imagined, everything else seems sub-par. Thank god it wasn’t in oils though, or I’d just be starting the glazes.
Next up, a commissioned (I barter for exotic liquor) series of cute jungle animals for a cute little niece. Lions, gazelles, giraffes and a penguin(?) oh My!
Ok so it’s been a bit hectic with a bunch of things that just had to get done, which turns out to have sapped my usual laser like (HAH!) focus.
But the creative itch is growing and I have a feeling I’ll be cracking open the acrylics soon. (that and I owe lil sis some cute animal pix for superbaby’s room).
With the help of GuitarTricks.com I’ve been attempting to get a grasp on the whole playing guitar thing, and I’m getting better. The best thing I did was to buy a decent guitar (Rouge acoustic/electric Dreadnought from musiciansfriend.com), not having to slice your fingers trying to jam down the strings makes a huuge difference, and it sounds better too) .
Other than that, a super co-operative project with GFW is underway and we’re having fun and getting some serious progress made.
Programming at work, however, is pretty much making sure it’s the last thing I want to go home and do as well.. so BSDDoD! may have to stay on the backburner for a while.
Got a good couple hours in last night. I was originally just going to put in the base colors for the earth and grass and block out the buildings… buuut.. I simply had to paint something instead of just filling in boring flat blocks of color.
I wound up having a great time, put on the headphones and tuned out the universe for 2 hours… bliss!
Anyway here’s a crappy cellphone picture (color corrected in photoshop) (and the trees were still wet so that’s why theyre shiny.)
Spent the weekend playing around with acrylics with Wendy.
Took the plunge and started on a big canvas.. It’s definitely a big project, maybe a little too big.. but it’s actually been a lot of fun so far..
here’s the (1) initial sketch done as a doodle during a meeting at work. (2) A brief color rough / enlargement done in about 20 minutes on the pc. and (3) finally the first couple of scribbles to get it onto the freshly gessoed canvas.
Here’s a picture of the canvas with more of the sketch transferred.
And wrapping it up for the weekend
Not a bad start Got most of the base colors for everything laid in..
Soo it’s been a fairly productive beginning of November. I’ve got the version 1.0 of the new http://www.beautifulbasics.com up and running. Still need to put up some instructions etc etc. But the core functionality is there and it works fine.
Yaay and It’s actually quite addictive, and embeddable into myspace/facebook etc etc. I’ve got a whole list of secondary features to add to it and minor bugs to iron out.
I’ve been playing with the acrylics again and starting to get a feel for it. Maybe things actually get easier with practice…. nahh. Anyway it was quite fun to just glop paint around and see what emerged. Can’t wait to do it again.