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!
Here is the blank canvas. 24″ x 24″ gessoed and ready to go! The first lean layer laid down giving me a general idea of my layout.
Here is how far I got last night after a solid 5 hours painting!
A quick snapshot of the different media I use during the painting process. Not all are always used in each painting.
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:
Inspiration comes to me in many forms but once it strikes I sometimes use Pinterest as a tool to keep it alive. I’m not a huge social media buff mostly because I lose patience. However, I have found Pinterest to be a little more my cup of tea. Lately, I have been thinking about bones, foxes, birds, octopuses and branches. You can see this reflected in my Art Inspiration Board. Still nothing beats going out and studying what inspires you in person too. I’m planning a trip to the zoo and museums.
For 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!
All of these drawings and more to come are in my etsy store Krislyninobscura. I have originals and prints. Check it out!
Lately, I have been more interested in using the human form in my art. I am not really sure why as of yet but hey I go with it. When the muse speaks I listen. In light of that, I decided I could use a little practice for I have grown rather rusty! Thanks to an old high school buddy Izzy who posted a very cool youtube video I was able to use the internet to further my painting ambition.
Enjoy the fruits of my labor! Oh yeah, I’m not much for pencil or charcoal, these were done with gouache. These were all about 30 minutes except the last one which was more like 45. Stay tuned for a much longer drawing!
Here is the Youtube site for those of you who want to give it a try yourself: http://youtu.be/NSvq8FaU7vA?list=PL7EWYwaF6E-H65W-hXeKvvO_xNA_kIs5w
A few weeks ago I got my butt back into the studio and started painting. It must have been the right decision because the resulting painting came out super easy and smooth. Sometimes…just sometimes, that happens!
This will be the first of two paintings. This one is called Sun and the other will be called Moon. It is 24″ x 24″ oil on linen. Stay tuned more!
The painting is of an abstract back ground with a hyper two point perspective still life of a cooking oil bottle spilling out onto a napkin. The spill is great and overflows the napkins.
I have this 3 foot by 4 foot painting hanging in a prominent place in my living room. After my show “Contrasts” last year the painting was placed in storage at my parents house. The logistics on moving large paintings of which there was a few of in that show, is challenging to say the least. Particularly without damaging the art. The painting was returned to me a few months ago and I have been enjoying it all over again. It is definitely one of my favorites.
The painting is of an abstract back ground with a hyper two point perspective still life of a cooking oil bottle spilling out onto a napkin. The spill is great and overflows the napkins. When I painted this it was soon after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A disaster that is still seeing tragic consequences. The whole Contrasts series I am trying to play on words and images. These images and words attempt to take the modern and juxtapose with the traditional. In this case traditional cooking and what it was to ‘spill oil’ even a hundred years ago and comparing to the tragedy of an oil spill in modern terms. The oil overflows the table and the weak attempts of a napkin to stop the mess even as the oil continues to pour from the bottle. I hoped to heighten the tension with the exaggerated two point perspective and the colors, abstract shapes and forms of the background contrast with the realism of the still life.
I enjoy looking at it but will enjoy it finding a new home where it is appreciated even more. Also, there is the added bonus of freeing up wall space so I can create another painting! Here is a little post I did while I was painting this piece of art. I think its interesting to see the in-progress images: https://krislyndillard.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/completed/