Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Anticoagulant" 9" x 16" Oil

First time applying gesso with a palette knife on watercolor paper. I think I'd like it better on a different surface but it's the only thing I had in the studio to create a piece with at the time.
The final drawing. Not the most detailed but I knew I'd be basically throwing paint over it for the feel I wanted to achieve.
I have found through experimenting a couple times that it's not so easy painting with loose brush strokes. It takes a lot of focus and effort to make things look effortless. Painting in that free state of mind was my goal with this piece. Look at the blue in the middle of the top photo. That's one brush stroke, one. When I did that I knew that that was it. It was intense. Effortless effort. Can't say much for the rest of the painting. Lol!
One morning I awoke with a vision in my head. A bit foggy but similar to this. I wanted it to be a simple but strong design that hopefully no one has ever thought of creating. Originally I thought I could get it to work with simple shapes, triangles, circles, etc. My first attempt at this piece was a learning experience/failure so I threw the canvas aside. I still wanted simplicity in my second attempt. A dark mass, glowing eyes, two red lines running down a light back ground. Unfortunately the texture of the canvas doesn't show very well in the photo. The first bat creature I painted wanted to take you out for milk and cookies. This creature wants to suck your soul with whiskey. Think I achieved something here? The third and final painting in my "October series". Eventually they'll be up for sale, varnished, framed or unframed. Enjoy the rest of October!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Poison Control" 6" x 8" Oil

Took a photo of this spider on my back deck a while ago and thought it would be cool to use it in another painting for my "October series". I changed its color for the look I wanted. Experimenting with the oil paint was interesting. I've never seen or heard of the technique I used but I'm sure it has been done before? It turned out alright for a little piece. I don't think a bite from this spider would kill you but I like the title poison control. I'll be posting another painting soon!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Demons Among Us" 6" x 8.5" Acrylic/Oil

The first in my "October series" I'm completing for myself. It's nice to paint something small and different and have fun doing it. I received a mask candle holder as a gift from a friend years ago. Thanks Evan! When I was looking at it a while back I thought, how cool would it be to paint this. With the mask already made it's the perfect reference. I originally planned on painting one face. I think the piece is stronger with three. In the original the background looks a bit darker and there's more of a subtle shift in color without so much contrast in areas. It's always a challenge for me to match up the computer image to the original but I adjusted it to my satisfaction. Happy October!