Friday, February 26, 2010

Painting Classwork...

Wow, what a crazy night for weather, eh? Man... the wind was whipping and the rain was sideways and me (the smaht one ;) decided to ride today... no pics from that, but I do have a few pics from the past few weeks (do I keep saying that?) that I will be sharing sooner than later.

On that note; here is some classwork from my painting class... 

the subject!

 

the painting! 

Night 1

  

  

 

  

  

Night 2


 

  

  

 


Thursday, February 18, 2010

a bit out of chronology...

...but I realized that I had not been posting the process of my most recent painting. As I was held up in my apartment fighting the Great Dragon Cold of 2010 and not going outside, nevermind not going to work or school for nigh on a week, I painted... for the worst days of the illness I did nothing... but as I began to feel better I started painting this sketch that had been sitting dormant on my drafting table for the past few weeks...


first a little color... 

 
...then a little more...


Now, for those of you who may wonder about my "process"... I am not really sure that I have a process... I guess you could say that I paint more on feel rather than following a strict regimen of stages and steps… when a painting feels like it's done enough, it's done enough; when it says, "okay, it's time to let go a bit… come on, let loose!" it's time to do just that!


I must admit that it is a very different process to my drawing, as I am usually more exacting and precise in my graphite work... But that is also something that I have been trying to -- not necessarilly break away from -- loosen up a bit with… I think that a lot of my most recent pencil work shows a greater level of freedom and abandon where older work was more rigid. 


Though there is a greater amount of looseness to my recent pencil work (and I think that this is greatly as a result of the calculated chaos of my watercolor style) I think all of my graphite work is more organic than technical... hmmnnn... why the heck am I talking so much about my pencil and not about my painting when that is what I am showing? Meh, who knows... 

I guess it's all related like some artistic double helix or Ouroboros, always flowing, circling, and interweaving into and around itself...


...so what do you think so far? it's just about done...

...I think ;)

Wowy wow wow...

Well... I have a proper studio space now!!

I just moved my things in there this past weekend and I am looking forward to utilizing it more over the Spring and Summer ... I am looking to explore my work in greater scale, and return to more oil work at the same time; this would be difficult to achieve in my apartment since I share it with 2 people, so a studio makes sense...

I think it does... for now, anyway! ;)

Here are some pics:

 

  

  

  

Hah HAH! Well... we shall see what I can come up with. 

IN OTHER NEWS...

I have returned to school after a wretched cold knocked me out for a good 2 weeks; and though you can see my sketches from my drawing class in my sketchbook blog, I wanted to show you a few silly pics that I took during my illustration class...

We were doing object studies, and there was sculpting clay available for use to hold the round objects to keep them from moving... well, as is endemic to my nature, I fooled around with the clay and decided to document the results...




 

  

  

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Charitable charity... Fight MS!! :D

Not much to report as I have been sick as a dog the past 2 weeks, and as a result I have not been on the bike, I missed ALL of my classes last week, and tonight classes were canceled for the storm that isn't! 

BUT...

 ...that does not mean that I have been lax; well... not completely. I did sign up for the charity ride I partake in...
This is the 4th year that I will be participating in a charity ride of some-sort; and the 3rd year that I will be riding in support of finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
I do not have MS, that I am aware of, but I have a very close friend who has been diagnosed with it, and several of my friends have friends or family members who are afflicted by it -- so it is a personal thing for me to participate in this ride.  

Every year the MS Society holds many different events across the US, and several of those take place right here in New England. 2 years ago I rode in the 157 mile Cape Cod Getaway. Last year I rode in the 100K Minuteman ride in Central MA, and this year I will be doing the Cape Cod Getaway again! Except this time I will be taking the 175 mile route that they are offering.

YOU can all help me to reach my goal by supporting me and sponsoring my ride by donating here at my MS Society participant page!

here are a few quick pics from past years:

 

  

  

Help out! :D