Here are some thumbnails of the some photos I took trying to put together still lifes for my painting class. I want to do this, but I always fear I’m being too cheesy, when really I should just go for drama and as cheesy as I want.
It’s also not like I can’t creatively edit the scene how I want in my painting. I don’t have to paint every unnecessary detail and I can interpret thing how I see fit.
As you can probably tell, I’m trying to create vanitas-like still lifes but with objects of fortune telling and superstition to match my conceptual portraits. I want to improve my observation skills and removing the portrait from the scene is probably exactly what I need to do to concentrate on objects.
Here is a preview of a portrait I’ve been working on. I used a friend of mine, Ashley, as a model . I was hoping this would be practice and that I’d get another chance to work with her for a more conceptual painting, but she’s moving for NY tomorrow morning!
Pardon the super saturated photo. I took the picture with my phone.
Above is the thumb nailed progress shots of a portrait I recently did. This portrait went much faster than any others I have completed recently and I am trying to figure out what exactly went right.
I don’t feel that this is naturally my color palette, it feels too warm, but it is good practice. I’m pretty happy with this. I’m confidant that I captured a likeness. In fact a friend from NYC who grew up in Norfolk visited me, saw the painting and immediately recognized the model as someone she had known 15 years ago. The model’s daughters, a 4 and 5 year old, even knew it was their mom. So yeah, that felt like a victory.
Jason and I are still preparing for Stuntkid & Friends Show this coming saturday in Norfolk VA. It’s pretty rad having a bedroom full of art by artists that you’ve admired for a long time through the warped lens of the internet. It’s better in real life.
In stark comparison my studio area seems to be full of unfinshed paintings. I may need to get a dehumidifier to deal with my paint refusing to dry to workable point.
This weekend I got to take some concept photos with the adorable burlesque performer Marla Meringue. Which means no one will see anything that came out of it for quite a while, but she definitely helped me plan on a few future paintings.
Here’s a peak at some portrait studies from school and home.