It’s finally nearing the end of the semester and I’ve been ready since day one. I’ve been working on several paintings (working as in mulling over what to start painting) and none of them seemed to satisfy me. The final project theme has to be landscape, which I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO ACCOMMODATE WITH FIGURE, hence the mulling. Here’s the start to a somewhat landscape, somewhat portrait painting. Stay tuned for more updates!
“Truck Show” Oil, 24 x 48″
I didn’t think I would be where I’m at now but I’ve finally had the network to get a painting into a gallery. This piece is featured at Dahlia Woods Gallery. Now to create more to go with it!
I’m going to be painting several smaller pieces that will compliment the street scene painting and this is the first one.
“Burano” Acrylic, 11 x 14″
“Spaghalaxy” Watercolor and Salt on Watercolor Paper, 18 x 24″
In my expanded water media class, we were challenged to paint String Theory, or rather a theory to explain all theories, the idea that everything is made up of vibrating strings. After gathering enough information to have a basic understanding of this theory, I drew out a nice pile of spaghetti.
Other than the obvious fact that spaghetti is really a string of noodles, I tied in other relationships between spaghetti and string theory. For example, the way that spaghetti encompasses several ingredients to create a meal and the idea that everything is connected and weaving in and out.
And so the next project begins, (finally) the last one had me dragging. This project is based on portraiture. Here is the start of the underpainting.
We had a live model in class today so we started working on gestural movements and mark making. Towards the end of the class we had two 30 minute poses and we had to overlap the drawings from those two poses. I started lightly with the first one, smoothing out the shading and using some line work to define the blankets and some areas of the body. For the second pose, I began with erasing lines that were against the background and using line work over the existing drawing to build up the second pose. I incorporated the curves of the blanket into the curve of the leg in the new pose and left some old line work showing through to keep the first drawing still in tact.
In my expanded media class, we continued working on a still life with fruits and vegetables. I used salt and masking fluid to create texture and keep my highlights.