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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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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Sneak Peek of My New Direction

Just a quickie post today. I have had my nose to the grind stone painting up a storm! Here are some snap shots of where I am going. The name “Animal Head” keeps playing in my head as I paint. I’m thinking a series my happen!

Enjoy! And keep a look out for more!

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Watershed Gallery Interview by Eugene Weekly

This is a little article I wanted to share written by the Eugene Weekly. They are talking to the owner of the Watershed Gallery here in Eugene. I went in and spoke to this warm hearted woman a few weeks back myself. After meeting her and seeing her space I found I just really wanted this gallery to succeed! Her openness and warmth were a welcome change from other experiences I have had speaking to galleries.

I love that the Watershed is going to be offering arts appreciation classes. I plan to take an artist writing workshop there soon.

 

Give the article a quick read to learn more!

http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20141023/visual-arts/art-watershed

Giclee Prints vs. Photographic Prints

Giclee Prints vs. Chromogenic Print Photo

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Oil painting “Sun”, a small giclee print of “sun” and a C-print of “Sea Turtle”

The word giclee is derived from the french word for nozel and spray and is pronounced jee-clay. Giclee prints come from a special inkjet printer which sprays the archival quality inks instead of using a dot matrix. This spray allows for a much more crisp image that is truer to the original artwork in color and sharpness. The inks are based on CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) but also can have additional cartridges for variations on the CMYK making for a broader range of color creation.

Additionally, giclee prints can be printed on a number of different media including canvas and watercolor paper as well as others.

The obvious advantage of giclee is the crisp beautiful reproduction of an original art piece. The ink will not fade and the colors will be brighter and truer to the actual art piece. The downside of giclee prints are the price. Because the process required to create this quality print is so complicated the price of a giclee print can be pretty high.

C-Print or Chromogenic Photo Prints are prints made using a light sensitive chemical reactions, like in traditional photography. The print is made onto color sensitive paper which is exposed to led lights to create the color dyes CMY straight onto the paper. The result is a quality photographic image. These prints are on either glossy, semi-gloss or matte photo paper. The upside to these prints are the cost point which is considerably less then a giclee print. They look nice especially if framed. The downside is these prints very much look like a photograph and since there are only three ink combinations the blacks tend to be a little washed out and the colors not as bright or crisp.

When deciding between a costly giclee print and a cheaper C-print consider what you want the image for. If this is an image of a piece of art you absolutely adore, you want it shown prominently in your home or your business and you expect to enjoy it for years to come then giclee is really the best option. The quality of the print will shine for years to come giving you the investment of archival inks and archival paper or canvas. On the other hand if what you are looking for is a pretty image to brighten your wall but you aren’t looking for a center piece per se just something nice to look at for a while a c-print photo will do the job. Invest in a nice $20 frame for it and hang it using good art hanging guidelines and it will look very nice adding to any rooms décor.

I hope this little article helps to clarify the differences between giclee and c-print photos. If you are still wondering about something or trying to decide which to get shoot me a message or leave a comment below. I will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Stay tuned for my next article: How to Hang Art: Gallery, Museum, Business and Home Decor

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