Posted by: Dave
I thought I would give an update on some projects I have been both finishing and starting. Below is a quick snapshot of the mask still life completed. It just needs time to cure for the final varnish layer. A lot of people ask me how one can tell when a piece is finished. They say they feel like they could work on a piece forever, simply perfecting every aspect of it. Clearly these people do not have ADD or a budget. For me, I end a piece in the same way I end a Kevin Costner movie. I get my entertainment in, then I drift off and start something else when I get really bored. I mean honestly, can anyone even tell me how Waterworld ends? I have seen the first three quarters of that movie five times.
The "Happy Huntsman" is also slowly moving forward. I have only picked it up a few times, but each time I do I somehow magically accomplish a whole lot. Well I guess that's meth for you (and by meth I mean methodicalness...a fat hit of methodicalness). I still need to paint the hair and background, and I decided to add either a feather or a squirrel tail hanging off the butt of his rifle to balance out the composition, but it's on its way. I also take great pleasure in my father-in-law hunting down more black squirrels for their tails. Now before the hippies start whining, just know it's a Vancouver Island tradition to kill invader species that adversely affect the local wildlife. Just the other day, I ran over some guy because he was from NYC.
Kate and I have also both started painting creepy doll still life's recently. Kate started one first, then I ripped off her idea because it looked so damn cool. I have also been experimenting with different light sources for my still life paintings. This is the first time I have built a light source into a shadow box. I have yet to see how well this will work. You can see the block-in which I have transferred through the beginning of the ébauche below.
Kate will be updating hers soon as well. We were actually going to have a still life battle like we did when we first launched the blog, but Kate is already so far ahead of me. Now that doesn't mean she would have won, because as we all know, she's a girl.