Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 8th

Couldn't focus on my Space Blanket piece so I worked on the Miniature Tigers painting until everything was too wet to go on. Then I began this self-portrait as a clown done on another scrap piece of cardboard.

Had trouble photographing the entire portrait as the lighting on the wet paint was causing glare. Here is a close up for now.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

February 24th

I drank way too much coffee and was unable to keep a steady hand on the painting I was working on. So I decided to start a painting on a piece of cardboard I had laying around. As I was listening to Miniature Tigers at the time, it became influenced by their songs.

I have more ideas on this piece, I'll keep posting updates on its progress.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December 7th

Here is the in progress shot of Harlee from a couple weeks back. Still occasionally working on the face trying to get the resemblance down. Then I need to fix the blonde highlights.

Will try to be better about this and post more updated in progress photos.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 13th

I know, I've been horrible with keeping up to date.

Here are some photographs of the works in progress I have going.

Two of my College buddies, Nikki Reese and William Miller

I went a little crazy with the colors but I was using Nikki's favorite colors as for the palette.

Portrait of a friend, Harlee Kramer for her Birthday

Almost there, just need to get the face done; its pretty difficult since the reference photo shows her face with very little color variation. Gonna have to pull some colors out of nowhere.

I am working on my Space Blanket Series still, however the in progress shots are not very telling. Guess I will just have to wait to post that one.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

April 24th

John Settino
March 9, 1986 - April 17, 2010

This is a portrait of my friend, John, who passed away last Saturday from Cystic Fibrosis. Before he passed he asked for a portrait to be done of him. I hadn't had the opportunity to start his before his passing, so on Wednesday I spent a good part of the evening well into the early hours of Thursday painting this. I put the finishing touches on it today just before I went to his memorial service. It may have still been wet, but I wanted to make sure to get this to his loved ones.

This is the first painting I've ever given anyone outside my family. I am so happy to have shared this with his family and friends. Rest in peace John.

Monday, November 16, 2009

November 16th

Here is the collaborative painting I am doing with Peter Sibrin. So far we've had two sessions. Now that most the canvas is covered we're gonna start suggesting figures out of our automatic painting. I think last night after staring at it for twenty minutes I saw a woman, an owl (or perhaps a fox) and some crazy cartoon face.

Its really interesting working with another artist. Pete works primarily from his subconscious, where as I almost always work from sketches and observation. This definitely took me out of my comfort zone at first. At least Pete was a great guide. Also this is Pete's first painting in oil! He's definitely converted from acrylics, but hasn't adjusted to the odors yet from the paint thinners, mediums and oils.

I noticed differences in our routines. I believe Pete paints more frequently than I do but when I paint, I paint for a longer amount of time. Probably stems from having to pump out paintings for class on a regular basis while dealing with my procrastination.

It definitely helps to have someone to motivate you. He motivates me to paint almost daily and I usually attempt to keep him painting until very late at night... actually, very early in the morning.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

November 15th

Almost finished with Liam's portrait. Just have to do a background and a few finishing touches. Definitely need to get a good photograph of this when it is complete. One that gives a better representation of the colors.