Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Unscripted

This is what my past week has looked like...


With an applied project (i.e. thesis) and general life stuff on my mind it is noted that there has not been the weekly amount of activity on this blog. Also it has come to my attention that some of the posts on here have sounded really...should I say...scripted? The main purpose of this blog is to give myself some accountability as an artist and a place to put things of interest. There are going to be some set features where I have put some extra effort into editing. Right now I want to add a section of monthly or bi-monthly interviews with some of my art friends. For now here is some work that happened less than an hour ago. 


Add a few slight changes...


This isn't finished now, but I had to do something other than write. It has been a pretty stressful week, but some good has come out of it. I've realized that every now and then, even if you don't think you have time (or probably really don't), you've got to breathe and take an hour to pour whatever stress/negativity out of you. This might mean reading a book, grabbing a beer and getting away from the kids, or attacking the blank canvas that has been sitting your living room for the past 8+ months. You never know... the results might be kind of beautiful. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sketching to Grow

I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy looking at sketches and preliminary work of other artists. Sometimes the preliminary sketches of an artist's major work are more impressive to me than the work itself. There is just some kind of unabridged freedom present in sketches. This type of freedom is something I am trying to replicate in my own sketching, in hopes that it will be translated into my paintings. Perhaps my favorite series of sketches that illustrate my point are Honore Daumier's representations of Don Quixote. I love the fluid movement in these. 






Here are some examples of my work since the last post. I was pretty pleased with how these turned out. I have found that the key to making freer marks and artistic choices is to create tons of sketches or studies. The more you have the less precious they become, so you are more open to taking risks. These were an offshoot of the abstract works in my last post. They are all done in oil pastel. 




My goal for the next couple of weeks is to develop another good many of these to build up my confidence in painting on canvas again. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My Year in Pictures

Happy New Year! Here is a sampling of artwork I've made over the past year of so. Most of the figure drawings are from my Spring 2011 anatomy class at UGA. The last landscape/ abstracted watercolors at the bottom of the page are something I want to pursue this year. They are rough experimentations, but I think they are promising if I concentrate on making the linear qualities sharper.














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