Friday, January 29, 2016

Untitled boat

 30" x 40"  oil on canvas

“The seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections are your guides–valuable, objective, non-judgmental guides to matters you need to reconsider or develop further.” ~David Bayle
Some paintings take longer than others to produce and you never know when you start how the process will unfold.  A painting may almost fall off the knife or I may have to paint and scrape and repaint ad infinitum until that moment arrives when it starts to come together.

Working through what seems like a horrible session only to see that glimmer of recognition of the vision that you originally had. Its oh so easy to give up and try something easier, but there is no learning in that.  Speed and ease should be removed from everyone's vocabulary when painting.  Yes there will be times when both are there, but there will be more times when they are not.

This boat took a fair bit of working and reworking to get it to where I wanted it to go.  I accept that not everything in the creation of art is easy and that's a major step in forward movement.  Instead of abandoning a piece that isn't working as I want it to, I look at why it isn't working and fix those mistakes. Isn't that true of most of life and how to make it more pleasant?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Thickening acrylic paints

As promised, here's a short video on thickening acrylic paint to use in palette knife techniques.  I have another step by step video on using the thickened paints to demonstrate and am in the process of editing and making it available soon.