24 October 2016

Things Are Looking Up

15" x 22", watercolour, 2016

As with Artificial Heart and Lost in A Riddle, I was going for a mood and technique (mostly for the woods) inspired by Jon J Muth's work in his Dracula graphic novel. The trees are pretty good, but my autumnal forest floor could stand quite a bit of improvement. I think I might need a lighter touch. Still, I'm happy with how this painting turned out, creating the mysterious and melancholy mood I intended.

Some of my work on this painting was streamed live and you can watch a recording of that here.

And yes, I've used that reference photo of Sue once before...22 years ago.

22 October 2016

Artificial Heart

22" x 15", watercolour, 2016

I mention in this post the inspiration certain key artists that got me fired up about painting in general, and watercolours, specifically, but here I am, nearly 30 years later, starting to really learn from them.
The mood and the trees are heavily influenced by Jon J Muth's work in his Dracula graphic novel; it's my own scene, but I wanted to see if I could evoke even a tiny bit of Muthness in this painting. I think I did, in the trees, but the figures appear to be undeniably mine (for better or worse). I'm happy with the result.

Conceptual sketch.

In fact, it was after deeply considering the sketch above that I decided to go with a forest setting and carry that over to two other paintings.

Back in 2008 I did a very small series of paintings of some of my friends sitting on a green chair. The common idea was they all wore jeans, were barefoot, and my stained-glass-like matrix of geometric patterns was to feature prominently in the backgrounds as well as being seen through the subjects. This is Art and Lindy from one of the unused photos from our shoot for their painting.

For that series I also painted Krista, and Lisa. and Chris, and I shot Kimwun on a green chair during our Kitchen Warfare photo shoot, but I didn't get around to painting that back then...but I will be using two of the green chair photos I shot of her in a couple of upcoming watercolours as part of this current 13-painting run.

21 October 2016

Live Painting: 21 October 2016

Another video of me working on those two watercolours (Inside a Broken Clock 1 & 2) that I started in a video from a couple of days ago. This video is also very silent as I didn't have much to say, so feel free to listen to some music as you watch. Visually, among much else (like when I take a painting away to use a hair dryer on it to speed up the drying process and also to "lock-in" certain bits so they don't bleed into other areas and make a bland mess), there's a whole lotta denim going on...

My camera set-up is pretty hilarious when I do these Facebook videos because I have to elevate Krista's iPad high enough for a good view of the painting.

Documentation of my documentation.

The only thing that differentiates my set-up for recording my painting sessions and my normal painting sessions is the tall stack of books supporting and iPad. Behind that stack is my laptop for break time entertainment, illustration work, etc.