Thursday, January 24, 2013

Meaty Meat Meat

So I am on the home stretch for this particular still life painting now that I have my new super ADD antidote.  Unfortunately I had to do some problem solving along the way, and by "I", I mean Kate solved all my problems.  I had to switch out the cooler temperature light that was illuminating my actual painting.  There was too much of a discrepancy in temperature between the bulbs lighting the setup and the actual painting.  As a result, I decided to dim some things down a bit, like the cleaver.  Being a stereotypical starving artist, the hardest part of the still life was deciding whether or not to discard the steak that was sitting under the lights on a dirty board for 4 hours, or to just eat it and risk food poisoning.  I need to paint something less delicious next time so I don't have to worry about this, like broccoli, or tofu dogs, or a dead cat.

On a side note, I have also been introducing Epoxide Oil from Natural Pigments into my darks.  It helps quite a bit with sinking in, and is far more soluble and fluid than Stand Oil.

 End of First Painting
Addition of the best part...meat.
Start of second painting

Now that I have your attention, I also wanted to shamelessly plug my workshop in Whidbey this summer.  Remember, I don't get paid for this blog (you vampires) so it's a great way for me to get paid for a week of hearing myself talk.  I will also reveal to those taking my workshop how to make my super secret painting formula....ok, it's linseed oil, happy.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

You Be the Judge Contest


I usually don't plug a lot of stuff on the blog but I thought this was a pretty unique opportunity.  Portrait artist Brian Neher has created a FREE to enter art contest with a grand prize valued at over 10,000 clams. (see sponsors below) In addition, it is the public who will be judging the contest through their website. 

The contest is open to all artists worldwide, working representationally (that means stuff that looks like stuff) in wet or dry, two-dimensional media.  The artwork must have been created between 2010 and the present, and can be of any subject matter excluding nudes (let's keep it family friendly people).  Visit their website for more information.  (They do have music built into their site, so I would click here before entering for some far better tunes.) 


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Meat is Art

Just like the title says, I am continuing on with a theme for my art that inspires me;  grinding up animals into delicious sausages and patties for my grilling pleasure.  Trying this same setup with Tofu simply wouldn't be the same. 

There are two primary differences in the execution of this still life over my others.  The first is that for the first time I am using colored gels over the light source in order to get a specific field color; in this case orange.  It gives quite a nice harmony to all the objects to have some amount of red orange in them.  The second difference for this still life is that I am doing it on Concerta, which has given me superpowers for the first time in my life.  If you don't know what its like to have ADD,  think of a 4 year old you just fed 100 pixie sticks to and set them loose in a toy store that also has free puppies.  It's pretty much that level of focus.  But now I feel like the guy from the movie "Limitless."   I have so much focus I can see things before they happen like a Jedi.  The still life below is only 2 days worth of painting. 
Drawing for transfer.
Underpainting
 Start of Ebauche
Ebauche finished with second pass of paint to solidify values and colors. 
 Close-up
 Beginning of first painting
 Close-up

Monday, January 7, 2013

New year, new painting, new model

Actually, an old model.  I did my first drawing of Maddie when she was a year and some change.

General's charcoal, Nitram vine charcoal (for wispy thistles and original sketching), and Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Medium, which isn't as pebbly as General's White Charcoal.  What the hell is "White Charcoal?"  Are they worried they'll confuse us by calling it "Chalk?"

This is a preparatory drawing for my next figurative painting.  Not weeding your garden is its own reward when you need some thistles to draw.

Here is that first drawing of Maddie.  That serious expression hasn't changed much.