Monday, March 01, 2010

cloudscape- finished

So I finished the cloudscape I was working on.

I am pleased with it. It's got some depth in it, and that's something I'm not very good at. I learned a lot with this piece.

Just for fun, here it is in context where it hangs above our tv.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Progress stuff

Getting free time to paint is awesome. Of course, I have a million other things to do... but at least I am painting some.

This one is a work in progress. I really like doing cloudscapes. Andrew got bonus points for this when he came home and said "oooh, I really like the depth in it!" I was pushing to get some depth in this as my paintings can sometimes lack depth.

This was Andrew's idea. Nebulas are like clouds, yes? Oh man, nebulas are so much fun to paint! I plan on doing many more. The colours, oh man, the colours! Such a blast.
Next one, though, will have a bit more detail and try to be more accurate. This was an amalgam of several nebulas and such, the next will, for Andrew's sake, probably be just the eagle nebula.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Well I recently ended my last job, so I'm busy upgrading my demo reel to hopefully get a new job soon. The upside of this is that I have time to paint finally.

First, a new picture of the painting I posted in my last post.

My first attempt at anything abstract. Had fun with this one. It was really hard to get a good picture of, so you get mediocre... It's actually softer and richer, but what can you do. It's hanging above our computers.

There is more, but I'm going to save them for another post.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Another Return

Yes, I know, I am not very good at posting regularly. But there were some really good reasons this time- everything from vacation to moving to starting work to starting full-time work (which I someday hope to be paid for) to some very stressful personal stuff.

But, I'm back now! I can't promise to post often as I just don't have that much time to paint right now. I'm a full time intern working as an animator on a kid's show, and that takes up a lot of my time. Almost all of it. I've also been sick more times than I can count this fall, which is unusual as I'm usually healthy as a horse.

I've said enough about all that though. On to the paintings!
(as an aside, I apologize for the blurry pictures. I'll try and redo them during daylight hours this weekend)

I started painting this at the family reunion. Unfortunately, painting by the water at sunset in the summer... ow, mosquitos. I could only stand so long before I had to retreat inside (which, with the company and the wine that was constantly around, was not so bad). So I finished it at home with some advice about depth from an old teacher, and am fairly happy with the result. Not my favorite by far, but something I learned from and don't mind.
I am not happy with this one. I painted it on the family reunion, but redid it afterwards. I lost a lot redoing it, and I don't like the colours I chose. I might redo it again, but I think it'll just be a learning piece for me and be tossed aside.

This is my latest and one of my new favorite paintings. I did it referenced off a series of photos I took at the old place (Oh how I miss the sunsets off the balcony!). It's the biggest piece I've ever painted and I love the colours. I am going to paint more with those colours.
I also had an amazing time painting it. I actually split up the painting into two sessions for once- when I start things, I want to finish. I think it made a difference as I went back and touched things up the second go around. It's currently up in our hallway and I think it makes the place look brighter.

Also- I love painting so big. This painting is almost twice the size of the next biggest I've painted.

For size reference-

(please ignore the empty wine bottles on the fridge. I mean, an artist needs to have a glass with dinnner, right?)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

more sunsets and still lifes

Lately, I have been painting sunsets and still lifes.

I am finding it really relaxing and enjoyable, though I am unfortunately usually busy during sunset hours. Next week, however, I will be on vacation (family reunion!) and hopefully will get out during the evening to paint.

Strawberries are my favorite. It was hard to leave them there to paint, they smelt so good...

This was a fun experiment. I am not entirely happy with it, but it was fun and I learned a lot from it.

This is my least favorite sunset. The cityscape just didn't work out properly. The sky itself is also nothing special, and I'm pretty sure it's because I tried to work from photos. It's just not the same.

My latest sunset! The sky was an amazing deep glowing pinky red, and I just had to try and paint it. I'm fairly pleased with the results.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

new paintings

Updated a lot of old photos with much better ones. You can see the paintings a bit better now instead of the poor photography.

I've been painting a lot lately. I've gotten on painting clouds and sunsets and am really enjoying it.
My first sunset. I really enjoyed this... painted it after an awesome but tiring weekend at a cottage, so it was a quick, sleepy thing that really relaxed me after getting home!

My first clouds. I really like this one. In fact, it's up on my wall now. It was so much fun to paint that I just wanted to keep painting more like it...

... so I did. I had a lot of fun with the swirlyness of this one, though I don't like it as much.

There are a few more drying on my easel now, so expect to see more.

Monday, July 06, 2009

portrait finished

I finally finished this. Got the best picture I could. Am pretty much happy with it, and I wish I had more chances to do this kind of portrait work. I love it!