Pt. 1 Picked to the Bone, making sketches and learnin’

I’ve had this painting in my minds eye for a while. It’s a large size oil and it contains subjects and techniques I am not completely familiar with. Because of this the painting has sat there in my mind and grown instead of fading away. It now wants to be a series. But I don’t have the skills yet. I guess it’s time to start researching, sketching and practicing! This is going to be a journey.

…And it started at Pinterest. My favorite of the various social media sites. Mostly because it’s made up of pictures and I love pictures! The painting series I envision has skeletal bits, portraits, birds and landscapes. So these are the things I looked for.

My next step was to paint! Only one way to learn a painting technique and that’s to do it … and do it… and do it again until it works.

Here are some of my sketches:

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birds watercolor sketch

I’ve also been creating little stand alone paintings but using the themes I have in mind for the larger oil paintings. While I paint I have many thoughts passing through my brain. On my mind lately are people who are in my life. The kinds of people who are here and the kinds I want to be with me. Sometimes I just feel like I’m being slowly drained and these types of people always seem so nice at first. I feel like they are little birds picking me to the bone. I’m also concentrating a lot on the technical difficulty in the subjects I’ve chosen. The skull and skeleton is complex but I’m not looking for exact reproduction. Decisions have to be made on what to highlight and what to leave out.

Here are some of the small scale stand alone paintings.  The two bottom ones are representations of the heart and root chakras. Stay posted for all of the chakra’s represented in drawings.
I’m really happy with how the bird and skull painting came out. I call it “Looking for Leftovers” and it as the exact ambiance I’m going for. It really feels like a win!
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Heart Chakra Butterfly Skeleton Art Drawing Root Chakra Skeleton Bones Flower Art Drawing

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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.

This drawing is available for purchase as an original or a print! Check it out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Krislyndillard/search?search_query=drawing&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search

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

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

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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Oil Spill an Oil Painting on Linen

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.

Oil_spillI 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.

This painting is for sale as the original or a more affordable print here at Saatchi online: http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Painting-Oil-Spill/651121/1779930/view

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/

Enjoy!