Tag: best effort

Twisting Angles

Twisting Angles

Twisting Angles

This painting is one I started before I went to Maui, last October.  It has sat, waiting patiently for me to finish it.

I find that it is often hard to go back to a painting that has waited for me for a long time.  My painting style, to me, feels like it changes a lot every month.  To go back, sometimes, feels odd.  It’s like, I’ve been here, I’ve done that.  I want to move on.

But, I also don’t like to leave a painting unfinished.  So, finish it, I did.

Enjoy!

 

A Burst of Thunder

A Burst of Thunder

A Burst of Thunder

I started this painting in Rebelle, like I do all my paintings any more.

I used watercolors and inks and lots of drips.

Then, I brought it into Painter and finished it with acrylic brushes using the new dynamic speckle bristle brushes.

I’m not entirely happy with this piece.  I have been very frustrated with my abstracts lately.  That must mean I’m about to change how I paint.  I don’t know what’s coming, but I’m excited.

I started painting in September 2012.  To be honest, I wasn’t very good.  I have worked hard at my art and painting, and I know I have improved.  I just want to get really good now!

Many artists find a style and stick with it.  I don’t want to do that.  I want to keep what is mine and unique, but I want to grow as an artist.

I got a video from an artist by the name of John Salminen.  He is drop-dead fantastic.  Check him out John Salminen.

To me, his abstracts look like realistic paintings and his realistic work looks like abstracts.  He does cityscapes and is fantastic at them.  I hope his video will be as inspiring as his paintings are.

 

Down A Geometric Alley

Down A Geometric Alley

Down A Geometric Alley

This painting is a bit different for me.  I’ve tried very hard to put a bit more composition in my paintings.

The art rules say that one should try to lead the eye around in the painting by use of color, lights and darks, contrast and shapes.

In this painting, I tried to lead your eye around with various shapes.

I have mixed feelings about this.  I know there needs to be an order in the chaos of my paintings.  But, I don’t want to force someone’s eye to go where they don’t want it to go. When I view abstract art, I like to give my eye free reign to find whatever it is my imagination wants to see.

I’m going to work on these various ways of leading the eye for a bit in my next few paintings.

So beware, you may go where you don’t plan on going.

 

Interlacing Threads & Breaking Through 



These two paintings were done from the same painting.

I started these two in Rebelle.  I took each one a slightly different direction with different brushes in Painter.

It was interesting to try this, but I’m not sure I would do it again.  I got rather tired of the painting towards the end of the second one.

 

Wandering Thoughts

Wandering Thoughts

Wandering Thoughts

I am going through an extremely prolific period with my art.  I’m making it so fast, I don’t have time for anything else, including blogging my art.

I have decided to take a break and try to blog some of this art.

This piece, I started in Rebelle with watercolors, acrylics and inks.  I love the app Rebelle.  It runs water just like how real water runs.  I could sit and stare at it moving water and colors around all day.

After doing most of the work in Rebelle, I took the piece into Painter and used some camel hair brushes to add a bit more.

I hope you enjoy Wandering Thoughts.

Mezmerize

Mesmerize

Mesmerize

I have made a lot of art recently, but not blogging much.  Thus, I am quite behind in what is on my blog and where I am with my art.

I’m finding it’s hard to remember how I worked with each painting because they were done weeks ago.

Today’s painting is one that I recall was very challenging.  This happens to me quite often.  I really struggle with a painting to get it finished.  Nothing ever seems to come easy for me with my art.

I see other artists and they just seem to flow with art coming out of them very easily.

Although I know from living as long as I have that no human experience is ever unique, so I know there must be others like me that struggle with their paintings.

I love to do art.  I think the satisfaction is many times in the struggle to get the piece to look like what I want it to say.

There is a very long road from what the brain sees to what finally gets put on the paper.

I hope you enjoy Mesmerize.

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