Month: August 2020

Feeling the fruits of practice

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I have been taking year-long, online art classes from Effy Wild. I started with Journal 52 when Effy took it over from the prior instructor, then in 2019 I participated in Book of Days, and now I’m in Moonshine for 2020. What a year so far!

Our latest lesson was a blast and I’m really starting to feel like I’m discovering my artistic style

I used my water-soluble pencil for the first time and I LOVE the watercolor effect

Liked it so much, I almost didn’t want to go further and “mess her up”

I dont have the exact supplies as my instructor but I make do with what I have.

I used red, white, and blue glitter paint as I didn’t have violet. I tried my red over the gold for the background but I thought it was too pink…
…so I covered it with Pyrole Red and wiped some back off. If I’d thought it through, I’d have used a more transparent red.

After I covered her glittery hair with nickel azo gold, I used a stencil to put the swirly gold marks.

Then I worked on her face. I’ve been sketching and shading at least a face per day for a few weeks now and I can absolutely see improvement in in my technique over that amount of time…

The quote is, “She’s mad but she’s magic. There’s no lie in her fire.” – Bukowski

I think this creation is inspiring me to work on canvas so that I can show some of my work in a local spot (I live and work in the downtown arts district).

I call myself an Artist now. Without sarcasm.

Stay tuned!

My First Commissioned Work

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My second Brother,  the most fatherly of my Brohim, asked me to create a painting for a dear family friend. We have known Mike since I was about 8, so it’s a long time we’re talking about here.

Pages from an old book of Mozart scores makes the first layer…

Mike plays guitar and my Brother, Joe, plays the tenor saxophone, so I included an image of a Gibson Les Paul and a tenor sax.

A tenor sax is only a few inches shorter than a Les Paul…close enough.

I added layers of ultramarine glaze to the background.

So…I have a thing for circles and decided to add one here.  Modeling paste is a blast to work with…I love the texture.
I decided to shift the layers to convey movement.
Gold glazing to shine it all up some
This is the final version under one type of lighting
The final version in different lighting, complete with gilded edges and my signature on the back.

I delivered this to my Bro yesterday, and even though it’s belated, Happy Birthday Mike!

This was my second completed canvas…