Day four

I took a break and tattooed for an hour or so today. It was nice to be around people, but as soon as I got to the shop... I just wanted to be back home painting. This is good!

There was a point that I made myself push. It was a matter of setting a time constraint and just sprinting. Things came out much more fluid than normal. Slowly, I'm realizing this whole process is a constant mental battle. It's the most selfish of things. Me, sitting here thinking of what I like and what I deem essential. Me, me, me. Is that okay? I'm not sure, but it's certainly the case.

Crazy.

Here's what I worked on today:

Day three

Took me awhile to push myself into doing anything of value, but I messed with a painting of my little man sleeping first. It's a bit boring working on the 2d values, but once they're all there, I'll slowly remove the obvious strokes. I have to continue to think in terms of layers. What's next?  Usually I'm about 3 steps ahead. I'd like to be about 15. So there's that.

But I do follow my own take of each reference image. Each elicits a completely different feel and take. How do I make these cohesive if each image feels so individual? We'll see if that can happen.

Then I jumped into the woman and shower. The composition moves make me smile, so I found some sort of fervor towards the end of the night to attack confidently. And it shows. Strange how that works.

Here's today...

Day two

Today I slowed myself down. There's a pace that'll happen here, I just don't know it yet. My routine has been uprooted and I'll find a new one soon. But it's confusing and all I know to do is paint. It still moves me. It still carries the same weight.

Because I'm in this mindset and because paint supplies are all over, it'd be easy to just step in and out of the process throughout the day. I have to remember this. Much of the battle is the setup and ease of jumping in. I'm learning this about myself.

But I'll sleep early tonight. Tomorrow I'll work on a piece. I'll choose one that I'd rather not work on. Which is a bit strange. These paintings already have baggage. Maybe that's just me wrapping my head around the next steps. Or maybe I'm just picky. As I analyze these, there are those that I'm excited about and now those I'm keeping at bay. Going in, I've been gung ho about every one, so I'm curious paying attention to my unconscious process. Now to figure out how to be honest with myself regarding each one.

Whatever the case, I'm in. Here's the one I worked on today:


A month of painting

If you're here, thank you. I'm about to load up my rarely-used blog with photos from this month... February of 2016. 

My goal is 5-7 cohesive pieces. I've no clue if this attainable within a month, but I'm all in. Why not push myself and see what comes of it? At least I'll have painted daily and learned how to manipulate these oils.

Or I'll just get pissed and figure out a way to ruin every decent thing I'll have started. But that's fine too... 

Here's where I am after day 1... 



Session work

Added to this yesterday...  Not the best photos, but you get the idea. We'll add depth to the shapes on the right next time. Also, the space behind the Tui will have more flowers that flow into the shapes.

Added to this yesterday...  Not the best photos, but you get the idea. We'll add depth to the shapes on the right next time. Also, the space behind the Tui will have more flowers that flow into the shapes.