Thursday, September 27, 2007

On the Easel

It has been a long and enjoyable summer. But all the fun kept me away from the easel, distractions left and right made it hard for me to get any work done. But now that I have a new space to paint in work has resumed. It's time to get back to work again and the ideas and possibilities are many at this moment. I'm picking right back up where I left off, continuing with the yellow tomato painting I left to collect dust. Well, not so much since I worked on it here and there. There was a point, very recently when I thought I wouldn't finish it because I was getting bored with it. But now I'm seeing it in a whole new light and have started to rework it and becoming excited about it again. I guess we'll see where it goes.
I've also started work on this new onion painting. I can't wait to keep working on it and see it develop. I already have an idea as to what I want it to be, but I'm not revealing that just yet. Once again, we'll see where it goes.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fresh New Look

While I was away this past weekend Mikey came to my studio and shifted everything around. This new arrangement has revitalized my painting habits. I'm no longer painting in a corner of the apartment, which made it too cramped for me to work. Everything is now placed against a wall and set at angles so that all tools are within reach.
There's more room for me to breath, and there seems to be more light, making it a better painting environment. This new awesome studio space has made me want to paint more, reason why I now get up at 6 a.m. to paint and enjoy a few quiet hours before heading to work. I guess this is what I needed to stimulate my brain and get some work done.
For the moment I'm working in two this must be a real good change since I don't usually work in multiples!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Working Out Ideas 3

Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the ideas that pop into my head. Throughout the day images of possible paintings come to my head, but unfortunately I'm always in the middle of work or something important. So the ideas go away for a little while as I hope that I'll remember them again when I sit down to start a new painting.
Sometimes I'm lucky enough that ideas come at the moment when I'm ready for them. So I grab my pen and sketchbook and draw them out. Sometimes I may jot down some notes on composition and color choices. What seems to happen often is that when I'm cooking or someone else in my house is cooking, things come together to form the perfect painting. Both sketches above and below were done as Mikey cooked some burgers one night.
Other times I think about how I can change a subject that's already been dealt with. Like the first sketch below, a different composition of the Three Peaches I painted not so long ago.
There are times when I grab a camera instead and take multiple shots of groupings of objects. I have a collection of both prints and digital images of future painted still lifes. But nothing beats the creative feeling of drawing them, whether from observation of imagination. The feeling of the pen running through the paper is unparalleled. If I could just now find the time to execute all these ideas!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Lime Halves

Lime Halves, 2007, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Scarred Tomato

Scarred Tomato, 2007, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A Quick Portrait

Mikey, 2007, oil on canvas panel, 8 x 6 inches
Reluctantly I started working on this quick portrait sketch of Mikey. Had in mind to paint a head of garlic, but after I sat in front of the TV with Mikey next to me my plan changed. I was not sure what was going to come out. I have only done two portraits in my life and those took a lot of work and patience. Creating a portrait in about two hours was something I didn't think could be done, at least for me. But I pushed forward and took my time with it not worrying too much about making mistakes since in the end this was only practice. For a first timer in quick portraiture I don't think this is bad at all.