Emotional Paintings and Stuff

I’m all about painting images that emote something. I wouldn’t say I paint what I’m feeling, at least not anymore, I just paint emotions in general.

I want viewers looking at my art to see something in them. The calm before the storm, the rage inside, whatever. I just want you to look at my paintings and feel something or remember something you felt, whether or not it matches what I was thinking/feeling while I painted it.  Continue reading

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(Canvas) Size Matters

I have now worked on canvases ranging from 4 inches in height to 4 feet. In fact, I’m currently working on separate canvases at each of these heights.

It’s strange going from one to the other. One where I can use huge strokes and have plenty of room to play with, while the other needs tiny brushes and a more developed plan since one mistake won’t be easy to hide on such a small space.

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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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Triptych

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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