“All artists are two-headed calves.” – Truman Capote

February 3, 2020

These are the products of my 2020 Daily Art Project in January. In 2020 I am trying to replace one of my drawings with a small painting each week and so far this is going well. If I can manage more than one painting in a week that will be great, but once a week is my starting point.
My theme for the month was basic forms and I chose as my subject matter a set of 6 geometric forms. In most of my drawings and my paintings I was trying to pay attention to the variations of tones within the planes of the shapes – the side of the square that is totally in the shade is not just a flat tone but changes from side to side, etc. I was also trying to avoid lines where I could and instead emphasize the change of tone on either side of the line and trying to keep those lines soft. 
 
For the paintings, I’ve been using Gamblin FastMatte oil paints. Although this line of paint was designed for underpainting, I was attracted to their matte quality and in practice, I like that aspect of them, but I’m not really fond of the texture of the paint itself. Some of the colours are quite stiff out of the tube and I am mixing them with Gamblin Galkyd Gel and Gamsol which helps, but they really do dry quite quickly and often by the time I’m finishing they are no longer that easy to blend into. I intend to continue with them until I either change my mind or run out of the colours I have. We’ll see which comes first. 
I returned to graphite for the last four drawings in January mainly as I found myself short of time and graphite is an old friend that feels comfortable and quick – and I have a variety of options in the graphite family. In order to keep my drawing loose, I like to use a dull pencil – as I did for the drawings on the 28th and 29th. Then for a contrasting experience on the 30th and 31st, I switched to a series of mechanical pencils with different grades of graphite. I find the precision of the fine-points influences me to approach the drawing differently and I quite like the result I achieved. It has made me think it might be fun to spend an entire month on graphite in varying forms to explore the options and results. But not in February…..

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity…..”

February 17, 2019

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury

This is my third year drawing every day. Having finished my first month, I took a bit of time last weekend to compare my drawings from January 2017 and January 2018 beside my January 2019 work. I had hoped to see huge advances in terms of the quality of my drawings – and I do see improvement, but not what I had hoped for. I found a lot of my drawings this past month a bit frustrating. Considering the shapes of the subject matter I was drawing (produce) consists of organic, often roundish shapes, I had thought I could do better to convey volume. It is what it is though. And I did experiment some with mediums which explains the less than stellar results of the drawings for Jan 14 and Jan 24. And there are some that I really like – Jan 9 and Jan 16. I am still going on this project and with a new theme for February I am looking forward to seeing the results.

“When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss Money” – Oscar Wilde

October 17, 2016

Reclaimed Pears, Oct 15, 2016, Oil on Canvas Board, 11" X 14"

Reclaimed Pears, Oct 15, 2016, Oil on Canvas Board, 11″ X 14″

 

Sketchbook Orange, Oct 11, 2016, Graphite & India Ink on Paper, 10.5" X 13.5"

Sketchbook Orange, Oct 11, 2016, Graphite & India Ink on Paper, 10.5″ X 13.5″

Sketchbook Pear, Oct 14, 2016, Charcoal & India Ink on Paper, 10.5" X 13.5"

Sketchbook Pear, Oct 14, 2016, Charcoal & India Ink on Paper, 10.5″ X 13.5″

This week I spent a little time drawing fruit and then painted more fruit on the weekend. I reclaimed a canvas board that I’d previously been playing around with and decided to incorporate what was already there into the new image. I like this idea and may have to try it again soon. It somehow makes it all seem less precious – probably because it’s not a blank canvas that I’m beginning with. And maybe the fact that I’m recycling something that wasn’t really anything to begin with. (if that makes sense) I took a few pictures along the way. Lots of glare on the finished piece – hopefully I can get a better shot of it down the road.

Reclaimed Pears Underway 1

Reclaimed Pears Underway 1

 

Reclaimed Pears Underway 2

Reclaimed Pears Underway 2

“If nothing else is left, one must scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.” – Nadezhda Mandelstam

March 15, 2015
Storm

Storm, Mar 14, 2015, Oil on Canvas board, 6″ X 6″

So I’ve started working on a commission based on A Crane Called Frank. And I thought I would play with some of the oil mediums to see if they might be something I want to use in this new painting (which I’m calling Francine at the moment). I tried out Galkyd, Neo Megilp and Galkyd Gel. And in the process this small storm ensued.

And here is the beginning of Francine. I’m just building the background now. Chances are very little of this will be visible in the final painting, but we’ll see. I just need to put on a few coats of clear gesso to seal it really well and I will be ready to go.

Francine WIP

Francine WIP, Mar 14, 2015, Mixed Media, 36″ X 24″

Lastly, here are a couple of drawings from this week. One from a figure drawing class that I’m doing – no, she did not have an inordinately large head, I just messed up the scale – and a small drawing I did during the week while thinking about folded paper in preparation to begin Francine.

Model

Model, Mar 12, 2015, Charcoal on Paper, 18″ X 24″

Kids Game

Kid’s Game, Mar 10, 2015, Pen on Paper, 8″ X 10″

 

 

 

“Art is art-as-art. Everything else is everything else.” – Ad Reinhardt

February 16, 2015

Quote courtesy of Robert Genn’s website Art Quotes. Painting courtesy of my long weekend, drawings courtesy of my determination to draw every day – even if it’s nothing to be proud of…

2015 02 15 Buttons Three

Corkscrew

Corkscrew, Feb 12, 2015, Pen on Paper, 10″ X 8″

Pallette Knives

Pallette Knives, Feb 9, 2015, Charcoal on Newsprint, 20″ X 24″

College Artwork

February 25, 2014

Having had no opportunity to paint this past week I have no new artwork for my blog. Instead I am posting artwork that I created in college while I was studying graphic design. After storing these pieces for years, moving from one place to another, about ten years ago I decided to photograph the ones I liked and to toss the originals. Sadly, what I thought were good photos at the time were very mediocre. And some of the dates are best guesses – as are most of the dimensions. Most of these were done as specific assignments – some quite obviously. Other’s not so much. Clearly I preferred some mediums far more than others. And maybe one day I’ll gain some rudimentary skill with watercolour – or not. And that’s ok. It is what it is.

Benetton Wasteland

Benetton Wasteland, Apr 1990, Watercolour & Gouache on Illustration Board, 24″ X 19″

Too Late Already

Too Late Already, Mar 1990, Silkscreen on Mayfair, 20″ X 24″

 

Single Family

Single Family, Feb 1990, Tech Pen on Illustration Board, 26″ X 12″

Not the Red Planet

Not the Red Planet, Nov 1989, Watercolour & Gouache on Mayfair, 14″ X 14″

Timeless

Timeless, Oct 1989, Tech Pen on Illustration Board, 24″ X 20″

The Ultimate Driving Experience

The Ultimate Driving Experience, Oct 1989, Coloured Pencil, Marker & Inkjet on Paper, 8.5″ X 11″

Eleventh Hour

Eleventh Hour, Mar 1989, Gouache on Mayfair, 15″ X 18″

Fashion Bits

Fashion Bits, Feb 1989, Gouache on Mayfair, 8″ X 16″

Pentax K-1000

Pentax K-1000, Jan 1989, Tech Pen & Ink on Illustration Board, 18″ X 13.5″

 

Life Drawing Sketch

Life Drawing Sketch, Dec 1988, Vine Charcoal on Newsprint, 20″ X 24″

 

Life Drawing Sketch

Life Drawing Sketch, Nov 1988, Vine Charcoal on Cartridge Paper, 20″ X 24″

 

Life Drawing Sketch

Life Drawing Sketch, Oct 1988, Vine Charcoal on Newsprint, 24″ X 20″

Life Drawing Sketch

Life Drawing Sketch, Sep 1988, Vine Charcoal on Newsprint, 24″ X 20″