Paintblog October 2017

So, last month we added a bit to an old painting of a shore with water.  And we’ve added a bit more.

Just some added color out in the depths.

This is just to define the bottom of the lake or river or whatever it is.

Then–

It looks like a shadow of something, but I’m trying to give the impression that there’s an opening in the riverbed.  It’s nowhere near “there” yet but I’m enjoying this.

Thanks for stopping by.

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PaintBlog 2017 Yeah Right

Remember this?  It’s from 2014 so that’s a stretch.

Really bad photo, but no matter!  There’s another really bad photo to follow.

I liked this image, but it always nagged at me as being incomplete.  Yeah, yeah, some folks might like it because it’s calm and soothing, but there was always–for me–something not quite there.

I suspect it’s because I always want images to hint at a story.  Something more than the image itself, something that projects beyond what’s actually on the canvas.  And this one just…sat there pleasantly.

You’ll note the flash highlights in the middle right…well, that’s because I’ve recently moved and I have no idea where I packed the Really Good Flash, so I’m having to use the Built-In Flash.

Other than that, I like the direction, and there is more to come.

Thank you as always for visiting.  See you soon.

Eclipse 2017

I realize the eclipse happened last week, but I’ve only just put my computer back together after the move.  So here are some shots of the eclipse as it happened.

All of them were shot through my Nikon D70 using a neutral density filter, except for those where the coverage was as close as it got to total.  For those I just used the camera as is.  As you can see, most of the images look like someone who doesn’t know what he’s doing messing around with MS Paint.

Enjoy!

Digital work in progress

Greetings.  I haven’t been doing any painting for weeks, now, and it seems unlikely I’ll resume doing so.  Circumstances are boring, so instead here are some stills from another project I’m working on, this one another Flash animation story.  Still in pretty rough form, but progressing okay.  Enjoy, and I’ll see you next month.

Paintblog May 2017 – Chapter 2

So, yeah, I did do some more physical paint brushing on the new canvas.  Still not feeling, really, the way someone truly inspired would paint…but you get what you get.

So, it’s kind of shaping into something.  Not sure what, but at this stage it’s too early to say.

Thanks for visiting as always.

See you soon!

Paintblog May 2017

It has been mentioned that I should paint more.

I don’t object to the suggestion…in fact, I find it quite endearing.  It’s nice to have fans.  (Thank you, Tammy al-Thor.)

The problem remains, though.  Painting without a direction most often results in work that has no…reason for being.  An exercise.  At least in the last century, when charlatans could profit from the ignorance of the age.  I’ve never been like that–I wanted my work to have meaning.  I wanted it to say something.

Still, with nothing to say, I was motivated enough to start something.  Apologies as always for the bad photography, my flash was out of batteries so I relied on the camera’s built-in flash.  Here are the paint blobs on a new canvas.

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Here’s everything after preliminary smearing around.

I can see bits of things here, but the paint calls to be further spread.

And now, the spreading has finished.

Well, that’s kind of okay.  Looks nice.


And here we are at the latest incarnation.  Just to reiterate, there is no big white wash in the upper center.  That’s the camera flash reflecting off the wet oil.  So, you’re really not seeing anything here.  Damn, it’s just like a Marvel movie!

Where will this go?

Anywhere?

Maybe we’ll know when tomorrow happens.

See you then.