“One Thing’s For Sure”, 2013. Acrylic on canvas.
I just finished this painting earlier this week! I must admit that it took me a lot longer than I expected to finish it. This painting is a statement that I’m making about romance, inspired mainly by casual conversations with friends but also by what I’ve observed in society in general about romance. Sometimes all a person needs is some slick Game and all of the rules and turmoil go out of the window. Would love to know your thoughts on this one!
I talk about this painting a bit further in this here video:
In Your Hand, acrylic on canvas board. 2012
This is the result of the what I made at my friend’s trunk show! It was an idea that came to my mind and I made it especially for the event. The painting was a raffle prize to a lucky attendee, and he was so happy to get it! It was a great feeling to see someone so excited to receive one of my paintings – a piece of me!
I’m still in a place where I’m inspired by flowers and attaching symbolism to that motif. Essentially the inspiration for this painting was inner beauty and self-awareness. I didn’t exactly realize it though when I had the idea though. The painting basically formed from the idea of merging blood veins with a flower stem, I liked the way that looked in my head. When I thought about that idea a little further it went to the concept of input/output, blood feeding a flower and the flower could have different outcomes. Maybe lifeless, just budding, closed/asleep, or open and beautiful. Then from there I had to consider where I wanted to take that. What was my input? What would my flower look like? I chose a lotus flower this time, which is becoming one of my new favorite flowers. Then chose a dark night sky with light emanating from the hand and flower. I like the idea of a bright, open flower in the dark. Under the stars, which I was trying to use to communicate the concept of something beyond ourselves and our worlds – for some that could mean God, or just the universe…something vast and ethereal. Then the flower in the hand in the foreground would be something like, staking a claim within all of that. That’s what it ended up meaning to me anyway, maybe it affects you differently. Maybe it’s just a pretty picture in the end?
Would love to hear your thoughts!
So here it is, after a few more tweaks and observations from Day 4 this is the final result of the figure study I did at the summer workshop I attended at Studio Incamminati:
Not too bad, considering how much I thought I was struggling with it. I definitely see where I can improve, but I’m not beating myself up as bad as I was earlier in the week. It was a great learning experience and I’m pretty happy that I took the time to attend this workshop. It wasn’t easy, I’ll say that! I’ve come away with a lot good feedback from the instructors and I trust their insight. Another big thing that seemed to be reinforced to me throughout this experience is that one just has to keep painting often, it has to be a part of the routine in some way. It’s really the only way to get better. I’m going to keep that in mind, and try my best to keep pushing myself as well as continue to encourage others!
Thanks for hanging in there with me, hopefully in the coming weeks you will get to see more products of this recent burst of productivity and motivation. Can’t wait!
Day 3 was a really tough one for me and the beginning of Day 4 was no different! I was struuuuuggling! But, fortunately I was able to get some help and attention from the instructors and I started to feel a little bit better about what I was doing. Honestly, I’m still not completely happy with this study but I DO think that I’m in a better spot than yesterday. Check out the pics:
Now it’s starting to get difficult.
I became really frustrated today while I was working on this study. I must’ve been having an off day or something, I don’t know, but it seemed like nothing I did looked right. Plus I think I’ve fallen behind too…everyone else in the class seems to have their paintings much more developed by the end of the day. My study doesn’t look terrible, I guess, but today I just couldn’t help feeling incompetent! Anyway, hoping that I’ll be able to work it out in the next class! Here are the couple of pics I was able to take: