It’s All in the Details

I’ll admit, there are parts of my works that look great because of happy accidents or fortuitous situations, like the paint dripping just so or mixing just right. But a lot of effort goes into it on my part, ensuring the paint drips where I want and mixes how I like it.

This post is about some of my favorite details from Trying to Find You.

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A triptych is a painting (or other work of art) made on three separate canvases (or whatever surface you prefer). Sometimes each canvas has an individual look, with it’s own completely separate image on it, but sometimes all three canvases work together to create a larger image.

I’ve made a few triptychs over the years, and they usually go along with the latter idea of creating one large image. The first one I made was in college. It was called Setting Sky, and it was on three small canvases, probably 3″ x 6″ or so. I used acrylic paint and hot glue on it. My process wasn’t thought out at all. I just went for it.

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Work In Progress

Sometimes, when I get started on a painting, I have an idea going in. Not always, but sometimes. Sometimes, even when I have an idea going into a painting it gets quite derailed by things in my life.

While I don’t really paint much based on my own feelings anymore (more just trying to evoke emotions in general), it tends to happen anyway when things in my life affect me. Continue reading

Common Elements

As I’ve mentioned, I try to paint intuitively. Not much planning goes into the process other than choosing the canvas, the colors, and the brushes I’ll use.

In spite of this or maybe because of it, I tend to use many common elements in my paintings. Colors, brush strokes, drips, masses of color contrasted by light backgrounds. Sometimes my paintings look like they’re parts of a whole, but I generally don’t mean to make series of paintings. Continue reading

Hate Is a Strong Word

But I really, really, really don’t like you

Sometimes I straight up hate what I paint. I keep trying and trying but no matter what I do, I can’t help but think the thing I created sucks. I talked a bit about this the first time I introduced Purple Storm, but the painting I’m about to discuss deserves it’s own post. Continue reading

Storms and Such

Towards the end of my senior year of college I stopped trying to plan every step of my paintings. Because of this, my more recent art is more focused on color and how different colors relate to each other. I’m not so focused on the subject of my art. I usually just go with my gut and see what comes of it. So my abstract art is about color. Continue reading

Re-Do:Why I Paint Over Old (and not so old) Paintings

As I may have mentioned before, the original theme for my senior portfolio project was emotions made visible as little light flowers. Sometimes those light flowers turned out well, and they actually appeared to express something. Sometimes they didn’t. When that happened, I would either put it aside (if it were on paper) or cover it up (if it were on canvas).

That’s sort of been my life with art. I either love something and want to hang it up right away, or there’s this intense sense of nagging each time I look at the artwork that makes me want to change it. To get rid of the nagging, I either can’t stop working on it or I immediately stop working on it and don’t go back to it for months.

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From the Imagination

While I may be a relatively creative person, creating images from my mind has never been my strong suit. I used to want to do realistic work, but after I realized how much work it took I pretty much gave that up.

It has always been easier for me to use intuition to create abstractions than it has to create something realistic. Every once in a while I’ll combine the two to create something abstract but recognizable.

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The Color I Paint with The Most

Color is perhaps the most important part of any painting. While the brush strokes, canvas, and overall composition of the painting are important, the color stands out the most and in my opinion is the part the speaks most to viewers.

No matter what color scheme is chosen for a painting – whether cool colors, complimentary colors, or even black and white – the right colors will make the painting perfect, will make it speak to those who see it.

Different colors will evoke different responses, especially depending on the colors you put near each other. There is one color that I use in almost every painting because it is very vibrant and because it works well with just about everything.

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Why I Love Oil Paint (And You Should Too)

Until my senior year of college I never painted with oil paint. I didn’t like the idea of it because it took so long to dry and required fancy things like turpentine. One of my art teachers decided that before I graduated I had to try it out, so we created an independent study course for me so I would get the credits I needed while trying something new.

At first I was extremely unsure, but after one painting session (where I painted with too many dark colors) I was hooked. Oil paint was smoother than acrylic, it smelled better (weird, but I now love the smell of oil paint) and although it took forever to dry, it was worth it. The slow drying time allowed me to take more time with my paintings. With acrylic, I was rushing even if I didn’t think I was because in the back of my mind there was always a voice saying, “This spot will dry soon so finish it now.”

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