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:
And here is the process from beginning to end.
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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.
It looks like this is the Summer of watercolor for me! It’s really surprising since I always had a little prejudice against watercolor, imagining ruffly doilies and pink roses and other old lady things (much appologies to ladies who do like those things, its just not my cuppa tea). It turns out there is a lot of interesting layers, textures and fun to be had with negative space! My latest experimentation has been with birds.
Here is a little gallery of a chickadee coming together:
And…. If you want to see the other bird watercolor paintings I did you can click on the image below or this link to see them on my Etsy page! https://www.etsy.com/shop/Krislyndillard
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/