Friday, July 22, 2011

A Day At the Beach

The idea for this piece was actually spawned from the oil painting I was working on just moments before.
sadly the picture doesn't do this piece and justice. The colors aren't as vibrant. I just started this one with no idea how it was going to end. Created the sun and the sky and just went from there. It was super fun to paint though. here is a close up of part of the painting so you can see more detail:
 this is my very most recent painting. Fresh off the easel and actually still slightly wet for the pictures.
Completed 7/22/2011

Beyond The Wall

This one is supposed to be like a hole in the wall. I decided to get profound or something and create a thinker. I see this one as don't get shut up by the wall, don't conform, look beyond it and be yourself. so yeah whatever. I'm personally not very fond of it.  Completed 7/22/2011

Adventures In Oil Painting

A month or so ago I decided I wanted to try my hand at oil painting. My Grandfather is an amazing painter, so I've had him show me a thing or two, but mostly he said just go for it and see what happens. So today I took his advice and started my first oil painting. Funny thing is I've had this painting planned out for at least three months now.
This is as far as I was able to get on it today. Now I just have to kick back and wait a week or so before I can start the next phase: adding actual grass, detail to the trees, and leaves.

The Latest News

This one is a monster. 2ft. tall by 4ft. wide. Truth be told if I had to do over, I would do this one a lot differently. But there are some great articles in it. Some lady that I'd never seen before who is supposedly in my ward came over while I was working on it and started asking me how I chose what articles to use and all that. She pointed at one of them and said in a stuck up voice "like that one". It was an article on gay marriage. I just ignored her and thought to myself "yep she's Mormon".  Completed 7/18/2011

City Life

                                                           completed 7/11/2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Time to Spice Things Up

this blog is kind of boring and I feel that it's lacking in it's potential. So I figure I may as well write about art related stuff, my projects, inspiration, favorite pieces and all that jazz. 

I'll begin by telling you about one of my current projects. I've decided to do like a whole series of the newspaper paintings. 1. because I like doing them 2. I have at least 70 newspapers in my room and need to get rid of them 3. why the heck not? so there you have it. anyways I'm currently working on "The Latest News" this one is a nightmare! two feet tall by four feet long. A real monster. I spent about six hours yesterday just gluing all the newspaper onto the board. Then I had to design the pattern which took about another two hours. I always design them all random, just grab a ruler and start making lines, but sometimes there are certain articles or headlines that I want to show up in the final product, so shapes sometimes get dictated by that. It's kind of scaring me right now to be honest...painting it is going to take three years! especially since you have to prime each shape you want to paint, then do multiple layers of the coat for it to look nice. and I just counted roughly 58 shapes on it. so I'll most likely end up painting around 35 of those. So yeah, that's what's in store for me these next few days, weeks, months?

Monday, July 11, 2011

It's All News To Me

          I had an extra Panel left over from the last project so I decided to create this guy.

Another painting on news paper. These are actually really a pain to make. I go through a huge collection of old newspapers I have, and cut out random articles and such that have all different fonts and sizes. Then you have to glue them onto the board carefully so they don't wrinkle or bubble up. Wait for it to dry, then paint a few layers of each color. But for some reason I still enjoy doing it. This is my most recently completed work of art 6/18/2011 but I have four more on the way.

The Panels

With every art project I've done, there always comes a point where I think "What have I gotten myself into!" Let's just say I thought that at least 5 times a day while working on this one.

I came up with the general Idea for this while in Jamaica, and when came home, all I did for the next week was paint these. Each Panel is a 12" wide by 3' 3" tall. each of the little rectangles in the painting is 1" by 2"  and there are 230 of those rectangles on each panel. I would wake up in the morning around 9 a.m. and paint straight until 10 p.m. In the end, I ended up spending over 40 hours painting this project! You really do need to see them in person though

Sponge Expirements

I decided I wanted to try and paint something with sponges. This is what I came up with. Still haven't thought of a name for it yet. But like all art pieces, Photos don't seem to do them much justice. It's a lot more vibrant in person. completed 6/5/2011

Accidental Art

I had a bunch of old photos printed out that I used for some random math project. I threw them away and my dad found them a week later, pulled them out of the trash and gave them to me.
                                            here is the original picture of Hunter S Thompson
                                                         this is the modified version

                                        And here's one of  me that was also damaged

Old News

It's been a while since I've added any picture of my art onto this here blog. but This piece is Titled Old News. as you can see, It's painted on newspaper. completed 4/3/2011