Archive for February, 2010

Influenced by Their Surroundings

February 25, 2010

I think it is pretty safe to say that people are influenced by their surroundings.  And, I think it is a pretty safe assumption that people’s activities influence their surroundings.  So between these two statements, a lot of negotiation is taking place, especially if you are in the process of actively creating something.
Example:
You make a mark, the mark makes you think of something new, you make a mark in light of this new idea, the relationship between the mark inspires a new train of thought, you make another mark, whole new ways of thinking open in your mind, you make yet another mark…….
you end up with a lame contour drawing of your house.

Slow Progress due to Origami

February 18, 2010

This full sheet painting has been a little slow in development.  I wanted to continue doing a big overlapping sky scene, but wanted to abandon the multicolor rivers.  I toyed with the idea of a large rabbit and dinosaur fight, but after a few sketches I realized I am just not there right now.  I worked with a couple of fire representations (because a burning landscape could be very cool) but was unable to come up with anything that looked good.

So finally, I went with knocked down trees (I am hoping the school of thought that your first idea usually isn’t your best holds true in this instance.)  It is supposed to have a sort of Mount St. Helens/Tunguska aftermath look to it, and I am pretty happy so far.

The other factor slowing this painting down is my new love/hate for origami flowers.  I really stink at it so it takes about 15-20 min per flower, but it is starting to cut into my painting time.  I will be happy when this mania runs its course.

Test of the Double

February 6, 2010

I really like the double exposure or fade into another sky idea.  I think this might be the last we see of the Candy Land paths for a bit.  I am still working between a foliage  idea or a rabbit dinosaur town scene.

Two Looks at Nothing

February 2, 2010

Come on!  This has to be nearer to something!