Painting a Skull Beginning to End and My Thoughts Along the Way

So I’ve done in progress posts before, imperfectly and without much to say about what I was doing. Today I decided I would do better. I would take photos along the way at specific times and I stopped along the way to journal out my thoughts.

This small painting is a study for a larger painting and possible series I am going to call picked to the bone. I don’t want to give away too much. Mostly because even I don’t really know whats going to fully happen with this project. However, many studies are going to need to happen to get me where I think I want to be. Some will be birds, small animals, landscapes of trees, ponds and hills and most challenging for me, the human skeleton.

This is a skull. The last time I rendered a human skull was about 15 years ago in my first year of art school. So, I guess its been a while.

Here is the beginning! A promising blank sheet of Strathmore 140lb pound watercolor paper that i have torn in half. The light coming from the window is perfect for painting today and my coffee is freshly brewed and inviting!

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I’m just getting started here and already finding all the bumps, divets, cracks and variations of the skull challenging.

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At this point I started to really notice the age of the skull in the photo I was working from. This lead me to think about the person who this skull belonged too. How long ago did they live? Was it a very long time ago? What did they see happen in their lifetime? Or was it not long at all and the process of decomposition just happens faster then anticipated? How did they perish? Gently or violently? And so forth.

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At this point I have forgotten all about the skull once being alive. It is now only an object. A very intricate and interesting object but lifeless.
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My thoughts having shifted to understanding this complex object are now transforming it into a painting. I’m thinking about colors, textures and volume and aesthetics. I think I will add a red splat.

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Here it is completed. All in all I’m pretty happy with the result. I set out to learn more about the skull and I succeeded at that. That being said there are a few things I’d like to be different so I will probably make at least one more.

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Watch Me Draw!

Lday_of_Baths_EtsyLast time I was setting up to work on a drawing I set up the web cam too. I recorded two drawing sessions of about 2 hours each and then compressed the whole thing down to about 9 minutes. You can watch how one of my drawings comes together, getting all the fun parts of watching the art evolve without the boring part of sitting around for hours.

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For this video I created the drawing Lady of the Baths. Enjoy.

Painting ‘Moon’ Companion to ‘Sun’ Pt. 2

I’m done! This painting took an estimated 20 hours from start to finish. As a reminder this is a companion painting to Sun. Oil on linen 24 inches by 24 inches.  The two will hang together in my yoga studio until time they find a new home. Here they are together as they are intended to be:
Sun Figure Canvas Oil Painting  Moon Figure Oil Canvas Painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the process from beginning to end.

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Lucid Wishes, Acrylic on linen, available for purchase or prints here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/197868295/original-art-painting-field-poppies-with?ref=shop_home_active_10

 

Painting ‘Moon’ Companion to ‘Sun’ Pt. 1

A while back I finished the painting Sun. An oil on linen stretched canvas painting. When I made the canvas for this painting I made two identical canvases always intending to create a companion painting to Sun. Sometimes things take a little longer then we anticipate. In this case I had to repairs that badly needed doing to the art studio. The repairs are complete the studio is cleaned and reorganized and now FINALLY I am back in there painting away. It feel like a brand new art space!

This is one of two or three blog entries detailing the process of ‘Moon’ Enjoy!

IMG_0359 Here is the blank canvas. 24″ x 24″ gessoed and ready to go!
moon-start The first lean layer laid down giving me a general idea of my layout.

20150205_214227 Here is how far I got last night after a solid 5 hours painting!

20150205_200532 A quick snapshot of the different media I use during the painting process. Not all are always used in each painting.

Stay tuned for part 2 soon!

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Work Your Art Blog Interview

I’ve got a lot planned for these next few weeks. I am diligently working on my artist statement, my artist bio and reworking my artist CV. I also have a very complicated painting planned where I will need to do some research. Think eagles, ribs and skulls. In the meantime check out this interview by the Work Your Art Blog. They asked me a number of questions regarding being an artist and marketing for artists.

Enjoy!

http://www.workyourart.com/interview/a-conversation-with-krislyn-from-oregon-usa/

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Painting Foxes

My exploration of watercolor painting continues with foxes. In addition to exploring paint I’m also really enjoying making art about animals. The fox really draws me in personally. They are small but fierce. Foxes are small,wild hunters that can survive in some pretty harsh conditions. They also seem like they might be the cuddliest of creatures. Enjoy the results of my explorations:

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©Krislyn Dillard 2015

Ink Drawings on Brown Paper

Sea_TurtleFor about two years now I have been enjoying the use of my Steadler pens on a small square Bee paper drawing pad. They are small enough to take with me everywhere! My studio literally becomes where ever I am. I have used this flexibility of space as a means to bring more flexibility into my drawings. Where once my drawing skills were basically a means to an end to work out ideas for paintings they have now evolved coming into their own.

Here are some images of the drawings and some of me in various places creating the drawings. What a ride and its not over yet!

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