Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Back from the Parched Lands of Uninspired Existence

My first "One hour A Painting a Day" painting.
It's an oil on a 4" x 6" canvas board.

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I'm back. Man what a drought! I have been through the parched lands of Uninspiration. I don't even care if that's a word or not. It exists, a cold, dry, desert land where the winds never stop blowing and the sun barely illuminates the land. Sounds like Saskatchewan in January, but I digress.

I had to leave the apartment for 2 days as they were testing the air raid fire alarm system all day long for 2 days and there is no way I could have stayed sane through that. I got out of the big city and finally found, some land, some wild, quiet country land. As I photographed the scenery, flora, fauna and such, I felt a stirring, in what remained of my soul. I was coming alive again.

Then some friends came over when I got back. Both artists. The apartment was transformed into an creative speakeasy. It was fantastic. Through that exchange a pact was made - we would help keep each other inspired and so was born the one drawing and a painting a day (but you only have an hour to do that painting in) challenge. 

So here is the first drawing I have done since God knows when.

Here is a 10 to 15 minute contour drawing. A little hideous but you
just have to get the bugs out. Some nice areas though.

Then the sketch for the painting done in with a raw sienna water color pencil.

Drawing right from the plant I quickly sketch out
and under painting drawing to paint upon

I decided to go with oils. I haven't painted in oils since I think since last February. I have been working predominantly in acrylics for quite some time but I wanted a change. Wow, did I make the right move. Painting in oils is like painting a dream. I forgot how much I loved them. This painting was done with Winsor Newton and Gamblin oils. No mediums were used. Because of health reasons and also to reduce volatiles being released into the atmosphere, I just work strictly with the oil paints and push them around with my brush and let them just be who they are. I must say, they responded brilliantly.

So there you have it. My first APAD (a painting a day) one hour painting. It's good to be back. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Imagining the Hereafter

Inspired by a friend and professional psychic, Barb Powell, I whipped up this image for her invitation to submit an image depicting psychic abilities in action. I had the whole month of May to submit an image but NOTHING came to mind that I liked, until today, May 31st. 

So at 8 pm tonight (with a half hour break) I started and with no time to get reference for the visual in mind's eye I began. I finished at 11 pm and that left an hour to photograph and upload it before midnight. Reminds me of my old days as an in-house designer/illustrator, pulling all nighters and screaming in to submit the final to the ad agency. Does it make me pine for those days gone by? Nope. 

 This little piece was done in professional grade Golden and Winsor and Newton acrylics on 8" x 6" canvas board. I enjoyed the challenge and my favourite are the spirits in the upper left hand corner.

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