Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Paintings, New Programs

I recently finished two new oil paintings and finally photographed them to my satisfaction earlier today. Both works are 11" x 14".

"Star Eyes" 2009

"Dysfunctional Family Theatre" 2009

These pieces had been in the works for a while, and both were begun without a plan so each composition developed over time. Personally, I think it's very liberating for me to work that way; it's quite a big contrast from working with grids, trying to recreate a specific likeness or preliminary drawing.

Recently, I've also begun playing with Blender in earnest. If you on a tight budget and are curious about exploring the world of 3D graphics, Blender is the way to go since it is an open source, freeware program. I'm still learning how to navigate and how to think like Blender, with the aid of Blender for Dummies. As soon as I make any cool images with it, I'll share them here.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Hello there,

I have a new painting to share with all of you: "Syracuse Sunburn (2009)."

While working on some more painstaking images, I impulsively began an oil painting I intended to finish quickly. This is why the composition is simple and the range of colors used are limited. This work also gave me the opportunity to experiment with copal medium, which thins oil paint, speeds drying time, and adds a glossy finish. The digital version I am posting is actually a composite of two photographs (one taken with a flash and one without) to give the most accurate representation of the colors and the texture of the work.

Stay tuned for more!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Caving In

Yes, it's true: I just joined Twitter. Maybe its usefulness will be revealed to me in the future.
Back to defrosting my fridge.