Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Commission "Her Dad" cont'd

Hello people hope all is well in internet land. I have completed the drawing of my clients dad now its has been transferred to the wood panel. I have a few progress shots but from this point I will keep updating but no photos as to keep the element of surprise intact for my client.

So here if you look closely you can see the graphite transfer I did from the original drawing. The background is an acrylic wash to enhance the grain of the wood. However its far from complete.
Like I mentioned before in most cases there would be no original drawing unless requested. I  would normally just project the image and trace it onto the wood or canvas.

Here I am doing the first layer or whats is called the under painting. It will takes several layers to get the shading and completion where I will feel most satisfied. Originally I was going to do him in black and white monochromatic and have a colorful background. But my gut said she would probably appreciate the color better.

The crazy thing is upon studying the photograph on my computer screen more while painting I see a few adjustments I need to make to the original drawing, which I already made to the painting. 

Okay layer number three you can see where I have started adding value in various places to his face. Its at this point where I have to go back in and make some necessary changes that are bugging me then I will work on the graphics and the finer details of his face.

At this point its time for me to begin my work week at the salon. But I did get a chance to tweak a few things and do a glazing technique to achieve the creaminess that oil paint has. I like the look of oils but I am too impatient and a procrastinator who needs instant dry time because I tend to wait until the eleventh hour to do stuff. Oils tend to take several days to dry. 

If I'm not too tired from the salon I will work on him a bit when I get home in the evenings. However I am trying to commit to a better schedule that allows me to get more rest and exercise. I have decided to push my date back a little further as far as coming from behind the chair. I want to explore studio space for half of what I'm paying for my chair. I will try to save half of what I'm earning as an artist for the next two months and combine that with my tax refund. That will serve as cushion for my exit from where I currently work as a stylist. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Commission "Her Dad"

Yay for constant work! This weeks project is a portrait painting. Although I'm not a portrait artist I don't mind doing them from time to time. Especially since I get to add my artistic flair to this one. Whenever someone wants me to duplicate the exact same picture onto a canvas I have to decline. For me it has to have some feeling and passion for me to be enthused about the project. Anyways...
This portrait painting is for a client who had only one picture of her Dad and he is now passed on. Talk about pressure. Its all the more reason I want it to be really special. I printed out the pic and would imagine if he were my dad. Or I think about my beloved uncle's that are now gone just so I can usher in the presence needed to create an image with the same love she has for him. Or even the same labor of love for the pretty figurative women I enjoy painting.

Insert original photo here NOT! )
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 The plan was to brighten and contrast the pic in photo filter, soften it and enlarge it. Then print it out and and trace it onto the surface I plan to paint it on. That way it would be as close to an exact duplicate of the photo. 
 The only little issue was the image its self. It's dark and was sent as a pdf instead of a jpeg so it's a read-only file. After spending too much time trying to convert the file I just did it the old fashion way. I am quite sure there was some way I could figure out how to change it but I just used my computer screen as my reference zoomed in 400-600%. The key to drawing from a photo or image is you can not rely on your memory. You must constantly keep your eyes focusing back and forth to the reference photo. The crazy thing is even in doing so you still capture the person the way you see perceive them... just hopefully not in a bad way. 
Below you can see I used a large 18x24 drawing pad and my laptop, along with the printed photo of him to draw him. The reason I am doing such a detailed rendering is because 1 it makes good practice and 2 she or her sister may want the drawing as well. It would look nice framed. Next I will used transfer paper to trace the basic details onto the surface I plan to paint on. 
Below is a few mobile pictures of me working at the dining table Christmas night after all the festivities had ended. The house was nice and quite. I was very much in a creative place. It was a good day.

Here was a quick sketch before I started adding value and taking away details that were from my memory instead of the photo it self.

Here you can start to see were he looks a bit more like the picture.

Here was the next morning after some sleep and some fresh eyes. I changed the hairline and started adding the fine lines in his face and shading in the beard more to reflect grey hair. Next I will finish the tedious details of his hair. some of this part will have to be somewhat of a guess since its a dark photo. But none the less I am having fun. 
Maybe today I will get a chance to record the process. My YouTube fans will love that.

Anyway to be continued...
see ya tomorrow until then peace and blessings and enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

This was fun

I had fun working on this but whew I'm glad its done. It was tedious in a different kind of way, like awkward I suppose but I enjoyed it. However I must say I need a better work chair ASAP! I sit down on a lot of small paint jobs or when I am doing fine details. I think the saddle stool might be the best choice for me. No handles so I can hold something like a guitar or a long painting in my lap. Also the saddle helps your posture which would alleviate back pain and stiffness. The kind with wheels and a hydraulic base. I am going to have to look online for one soon. 

This Guitar painting is untitled but I listened to Massive Attack, Blind Divine and Portishead the whole entire time. I didn't want to think about all the other stuff that gets me all worked up and emotional. I wanted a paint session where I didn't end up crying. So no Adele, Amy, or any chic singing sad songs. No oldie but goodies to make me reminisce. Just good bands that play the hell out of instruments. 

Front view studio shot

 Back View studio shot

Now for the outdoor photo shoot

Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Affordable Art

Now that the event is over I am able to post all the new originals in my online store. I will still be looking for a permanent place to display them until they are sold...
However in the meantime I try to keep my art affordable (for now anyway). My largest piece 30x40 the most detailed piece is still under $500.00. After all I would rather my art be displayed on the walls of your homes or businesses than in my garage. I even offer installment plans for my original artwork. I also do a small percentage off if you consider purchasing more than one piece even. Not to mention the only positive of me not having constant gallery representation is I can keep your cost down.

But I know times are still rough and funds are limited. 
So I am offering my latest body of work as prints before the originals are even sold!
I have a few different options below. 
First is...
Engrained collectively as one entire print 13x19 matted $45 and non matted $35. 
just click on image for more info.
 Also if you are interested in 12x12 matted individual prints of each image let me know by clicking here.

Next is...
A Colored Study collective print. The info is same as the above print but you can click on image for more info.

And last but not least...
Set of 4 of the above prints individually matted $144 and non matted $112.
Click image for more info.

Also lets not forget I have other prints and wearable art all under $50.00.
Buying handmade and from small businesses for the holidays not only means your supporting your favorite artisans but your giving unique gifts. 

Stay tuned for my give away vlog coming up tomorrow. It's just a little token of appreciation for my loyal fans and collectors of my art. Thank You xoxo. Peace and blessings. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Engrained series

The incorrect spelling of this word had me tossed up between the correct spelling... however because of the definition of the correct spelling (Ingrained) I didn't press hard into the wood in which I used to create these images. I simply drew on the wood but its a softer wood than some others so it appears to be slightly (ingrained). Then I thought about using "etched" in front of engrained. That lead me down a whole other rabbit hole. Either way its the spelling I preferred so I choose the "incorrect" spelling although several articles online debate whether it's recognized or not. This whole spill is for all the spelling and grammar Nazis out there. 

So anyway.... Engrained is an open series I will continue working on in various sizes of wood with a lot of grain it. Hint Hint get it lol. A lot of grain titled Engrained but not ingrained literally. Ha ha ha I crack myself up.

Okay seriously here they are collectively.

They are all 5.5x5.5 inches and framed in basic black box style framing. They are to be sold in sets of four.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Here They Are!

Here they are!

"A Colored Study"

There will definitely be more of these in various styles but I am extremely thrilled with the results. Now for me to go find framing. These are tomorrows holiday event however large 13x19 archival limited edition prints of this image are being sold HERE.

These are being sold as individuals tomorrow Framed $125 but I will offer them as an entire set $450

Monday, December 5, 2011

I'm loving the graphite!

OK so first the wood and gouache now water color paper and gouache. Except I did use a water soluble graphite this time. Also I have some more details to add.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Okay so after being inspired by the all this drawing I have been doing in my Moleskine journal, I decided to incorporate it in my art. Instead of it just being a drawing on heavy paper or whatever I mixed into my paintings. So far there will be 12 that I will group into a set of six or four. 

 So what I have here is poplar wood panels that I painted on to emphasized the wood grain and then decided from that point to use the graphite to draw the female images. This work is a tad bit different from my usual work but I think it still ties in nicely with my style or genre of lowbrow surrealism. Just not as much whimsy perhaps. I am having fun with these but then again I pretty much have fun creating all my art for the most part.
This is just different because believe it or not I do have some insecurities about my graphite drawing skills. Every thing I've learned is based off practice and reading a few books. Sometimes I nit pick so much I don't know when to stop and ruin a drawing with too many erasure marks. So what I've been doing in my Moleskine is drawing in ink ONLY. I use a basic ball point pen like Bic or Uniball. Just as long as the ink flows well but as soon as they get those ink blots or start skipping its time for a new one. Sometimes...every blue moon I use something fancy like a Sakura Micron fine or extra fine felt tip pen.

Well I have eight more to go so I am going to hop to it. Depending on how things go I will do something similar on 12x12 or 24x24. I really like working in squares as of lately. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Great week ...

This was another good week. Not to mention I sold another painting at Studio85. Yep RedSeah is sold to a collector whom also purchased two of my other pieces about two weeks ago. I am going to miss her but she deserves a new home. Its such an amazing and humbling feeling when someone loves your art enough to take their hard earned money to acquire it. I am truly grateful and I don't think this feeling can ever get old.

I have a collaboration show with Reiko Renee coming up at the H Street Community Development Corporation its a small venue and I am working on some watercolor and gouache pieces on wood.

 There will also be some works on paper. I have two large pieces that I will have there for the evening but the plan is too hang them in S85 when they have the wall space. I am also looking for more places like Studio85. I was invited to a gallery in Leonardtown, MD but I think at this current time I will have too pass. Perhaps its a place I will revisit in the future but for now I can not afford to pay in advance to hang my art and a commission fee. The art displayed there was very different from my style and I just wasn't sure if that initial investment was worth the risk of it sitting there with things being so tight for me right now. 

I created a drawing study for a painting I am going to work on as an extension to Day Dreamer and she will be called  Cry Me An Ocean, Until The End Of Time.
 I did play around with it in some photo editing software and now I can offer her as a matted print in my online store. It was before the clock so this will be titled...
 Cry Me An Ocean.

Even though this week was pretty good I had this heaviness that I felt whenever I was in solitude. I mostly thought about my future as an artist and my financial soundness. However I know in my hearts of hearts that I will be okay and God has provided me with all my necessities thus far. Now the thing that I'm not so sure about is will I ever have anyone to share my passion with, someone who gets me, inspires me, and motivates me to the core. A guy who loves me in spite of me yet helps me be the best I can be in a loving yet firm way.
Perhaps that is why even in the horizon of my success I still can be inspired to paint a sad yet hopeful piece....  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

BlackArt Friday is coming...

She makes me laugh uncontrollably....

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

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Also on November 25th I am having a BlackArt Friday Sale!!!! All original art will be 20% OFF!!!!
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Also check out the fun that we had over at Studio85

Friday, November 18, 2011

She's ready fly...

I feel like I have come to a place in my career as an artist that I am finally taking flight. Even in the moments when I feel a bit uncertain there is this whimsical hopefulness. I occasionally I find myself spilling my guts out about my journey on here or in a vlog on YouTube but that's how I am. I am transparent in my real life. I have learned that its not always good to be so revealing to everybody. This work of art is a layered piece because of the layers of mixed emotions I have on this journey.
 Writing in the background: the feeling of hopelessness yet telling myself  I can do it. So I try to redirect the negative thinking into positive thinking. 
Bold color wash: The optimistic rainbow is a sign of a pay off at the end of the road.
 Butterflies: the metamorphosis of once being a caterpillar then the cocoon stage and now finally feeling like I can spread my wings and take flight. Soaring beyond the beyond. 
The transparency of her skin: The skin I'm in and allowing myself to pour out my life on canvas for others to see and dissect. 
So now she is ready. Introducing
 "She's ready for her wings"

30x40 acrylic on 3/4 edge canvas

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Art and Apparel of Studio85

Yesterday I headed over to Studio85 where I am currently showcased artist. I sold another wearable art necklace yay! Anyway I was able to get a few shots of the store all set up for retail. They have various items that are made by local designers and wholesale merchandise as well. Everything is very edgy and trendy. Not to mention the prices are very affordable.
Original Drawings                                   Fresh beverages and snacks               I had to have these earrings
                                  Watches, Bangles, and Pocket Mirrors                Fingerless Gloves              
        Mixed Media Art                                 Clothing, Handbags, & Art
             Metallic Studio85 polish                             Handbags
        Belts and wallets                      Large Collaged Art
                Original Collaged Art                             Fun Hats
                T-shirts                                 Clutches and change purses
   One of a kind bowtie necklaces              Black Coffee painting
       Purple Erkel                                     colorful denim and fun hats
       accessories galore                                         view from the entry
      Studio85 signature polishes

On November 18th Studio85 will have "Meet The Artist" event which they will be showcasing art, poetry, pictures, and stories with the theme "For the Broken Hearted" I am also showcasing a themed piece along with the completion of the piece I started at the grand opening.

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