Sunday, June 23, 2013

Something Nasty VVIEIOSLKX

Posted by: Kate

Someone recently messaged me asking why I haven't done an update on my girl-with-flowerpots painting, which of course reminded me that I have a blog.  I've been painting pretty hard in preparation for my Women Painting Women show with Principle Gallery this fall, and when I'm not painting, I'm whaling away on the garden.  Our backyard and garden were neglected for a number of years before we moved in, so the outdoors resemble a weedy, thorny jungle.  We're slowly reclaiming it and my fascination with gardening is coming out in my paintings, hence the flowerpots in Allie's hands.

Flowerpots have been textured, but those ellipses couldn't be more cross-eyed if they were kicked in the head by a mule.  Normally I'm an ellipse ninja, subcontracting my skills to any artist I happen to be sharing a studio with, but Icarus flew too close the sun.  Either that or I had one too many Blue Bucks that night.  I have to go back and fix them.  I also came to the conclusion that that background would not stand up in a court of law and would have to be elaborated on.

A more intense green.  Still the Nicosia.

Oof, texture.

And with that, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I rest my case.

This baby still needs some fiddling: flowerpots, left had, ear, and a bit more work on the door.  

So why has my working title been "Something Nasty?"  If you can guess the literary reference in the title, you can have my colour study.  The reason you care is because the reverse of this flimsy piece of mat board is still perfectly usable for a colour study of your own.  No googling, people.  I can always tell when people are lying, have googled, or have tried to recycle pizza boxes with cheese stuck to them.  That's just gross.  They should go in the compost.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stills to pay the Bills

Posted by: Dave

Well, the days are finally long enough where I can work from natural light again.  I know a lot of people do this year round, but I like to sleep in and stay up late to watch "Game of Thrones" with Kate (who read the books and is kindly enough to keep me updated with what's going on so I don't get lost).

I decided to really skull things up with this particular Vanitas, by creating a totem of skulls. It's been a lot of fun playing with unique objects to create interesting compositions.  The bear skull in the painting was from a hunting trip of Kate's cousin.  I actually even got to eat a bear burger from the animal, though I was a bit unimpressed.  Every time I try bear meat, I want to like it so much because it is the most manly meal possible, but it simply doesn't cut it like elk or venison does.  I killed the other animals myself with a shovel.  Didn't eat either of them, though I hear bald eagle is delicious.  Tastes like freedom... 

Note:  If you are an animal activist, don't read the paragraph above. 

I did something a bit different this time after the ébauche (not shown).  I modeled the forms of each of the skulls volumetrically to get an overall sense of form.  It is a nice intermediary stage between the ébauche and first painting that I have mentioned before on the blog.  I don't do it much, but it is nice to have an additional stage to build up paint and try to nail the colors. 

After I noticed how 1980's teal my background appeared, I toned it down and darkened it.

 Moving into first painting (still missing some leaves etc)

Start of painting with medium.

Anyway, enough about painting.  I want to talk about my new Fiskars axe.  One of my favorite things about living in the countryside is I can justify these purchases.  Plus it is a business write off as it can double as a painting mahl stick.....and a killing maul stick.  (see how I did that with the words)  Since buying my new axe, I have decimated everything in my path made of wood or otherwise and pray for the zombie apocalypse to happen.  When it comes to annihilating nature, shop Fiskars. 

 And now for the highlight.

NOTE:  for the kids at home, the bald eagle skull is actually just a very good replica.  I haven't destroyed the symbol of America (which happens to live mainly in Canada)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Yo yo representin'

Posted by: Dave

Excited to announce that both Kate and I now have representation with Gallery 1261 in Colorado.  Thrilled to be showing with some of my all time favorite artists. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Workshop Fun

Posted by: Dave

Kate and I just returned from Langley, where I was giving a workshop at the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio on still life painting.  It had been awhile since I taught a workshop, so I had to remember my use of the "compliment sandwich" and some of my favorite teaching catchphrases like "don't screw this up or so help me god."

 Everyone staring at me in awe....or boredom, not sure. 

 Me showing students what it would look like if a skull was eating out of my hand.  


Always good to have two demos on the go, that way you can pull the old "baking show trick."  Start one earlier that day that is ready to pull out and jump to instead of waiting for the other one to bake.

 My demo finished.

 Getting started.

 Plugging away.

For some reason, the grounds where the workshop was held was infested with bunnies.  It was an adorable infestation.  I made it a very serious point that I wanted to "pet the rabbits, George," and whichever student brought me a bunny would be rewarded with a tube of Oleogel.  I was not disappointed as you can tell from my expression (it's the same expression that feral child had in Mad Max when Mel Gibson gave him a music box)

 Eric representing Prince George 

 Yiota kicking some ass.  

 Tracey "Mcspeedy's" still life at the end of the 5 days.  

Someone called into question my knowledge of the ancient painting technqiues of Bob Ross.  They were schooled accordingly during the last 20 minutes of the workshop in this demo (2 minutes less even than the actual Bob Ross)

Gluck Ross demo finished....bam.

For anyone looking for more information on workshops, this is a place I would highly recommend.  I have to say, the facilities were absolutely incredible.   In addition, every day we were supplied with fresh coffee, home-baked goods, cookies, salsa, etc.  Basically I got to teach and eat my face off.  I even got my own assistant/henchman.  Cary (the director)  knows how to do things right.