Sunday, March 29, 2015
Chaos with order is the best description I have for this drawing. It is neat and tidy with mess and disaster dusted throughout the picture. I used a range of graphite pencils to create depth and contrast in this scene, mixing it with texture for added affect. Detail was thrown across the drawing to pull the eye and produce a dark and interesting story for the character at present leaving you in wonder as to what the story behind this character actually is.
"And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."
When creating this Painting for a client I had no idea how it would turn out. Always an adventure when using paint and brush, I find myself surprised by the beauty discovered between the colors. Wanting to keep it warm and interesting, I focused on the sun and contrast that would follow from it. The warm pallet of reds, oranges and yellows sweep across the canvas, smothering it in cheery expectation, in contrast the cool colors of blue, green, white, and gray pull your eye and catch your attention. I used the cool whites and blues in hopes to ensnare your gaze to the focus of the first car. The contrast comes into play from the bright yellow/orange of the sun through to the dark shadows of the racetrack and cars. The overall feel to this painting is a warm and almost vintage snapshot of a different time.
For this oil painting I used a combination of warm and cool coloring to create a unique fall setting. For this particular scene I wanted to pull your eye to the foreground letting the focus fall unto, the winding red tree and the softly flowing books and pages below. The background I left simple. Using only greys, rusts, and creams in soft long brushstrokes, I was able to give it an almost abstracted feel of movement or rain. I wanted this painting to represent a calm and crisp autumn afternoon filled with cool breezes, fantastical stories, and maybe a slight mist to refresh the spirit.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
When I started this painting I had a pretty good picture of what I wanted. But as per usual, it came alive and grew into something quietly wild and peaceful; edging into the realm of fairytalesque. At the start my oil paint pallet contained mostly greens and some browns, but through the unyielding process it began to expand into a blend of golds, purples, and even a sprinkle of reds. Resulting in a unique and soothing park setting. The final out come evolved into something that seems untouched by time or the harsh outside world that surrounds it. A safe haven, if you will, for those who search for it.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A friend asked me if I would be willing to draw a picture for his up coming book; and so Watchtower was born. I utilized a variety of graphite pencils to portray a harsh, rugged tone. Hoping both the value and hardness of multiple pencils would create texture and depth bringing this character to life. The character himself goes through many hardships and conflicts throughout the book, but somehow he still manages to push trough it all and remain unyielding. I was greatly inspired by this and hoped to interpret that through my depiction of him.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
This past year I have found my art taking me to new personal levels, stretching me physically, mentally, and spiritually. It has been most rewarding as projects where completed and warmly received and enjoyed. Whether painting an oil derrick to drawing an illustration for a book, the outcome of achieving large projects encourages me to continue on this wild adventure.