Archive for the ‘Full Sheet of Watercolor Paper’ Category

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.


Not the Greatest of Finishes

December 15, 2009

There are some nice parts to this painting, but overall not a whole lot to hang on to.  It did give me some things to think about though.  I think I am going to stretch four quarter sheets and see if these new ideas can hold up on a more forgiving scale.
But first I will finish this apple.

Hands Down the Best Smelling thing In Transparent Watercolor

December 8, 2009

Is there anything Rose Madder can’t do?

No, there is not.

Thanksgiving Break(through/down)

December 1, 2009

Most of this happened shortly before and shortly after Thanksgiving, but this truth did not lend itself to a blog title.  I apologize for the shadow, but make no concessions for the progress.

Video Game is to Fun, as Painting is to…

June 25, 2008

I can’t really think of what to write about this painting.  I think it is one of the strongest works I have done in a while, but I am not sure why.  I think the use of color and modeling is getting better, but I would hate to hang my hat on better technique.  This is not to say better technique is a bad thing.  I really believe that in most cases you need some kind of technique to make a good painting.

What worries me is that I begin to only pursue better technique.  Better technique can make a painting look better (“hey that is well painted”), but it does not make a painting more interesting or transcending or what ever a painting should do.  I want my paintings to do what paintings should do.

I remember reading a video game review a while ago.  I can’t remember the game, but it was based on a movie.  In any event the reviewer stated that he felt sad for all the people who contributed their time towards the making of the game, which while good looking and well built, had zero fun.  Fun, of course, is what, deep down, every video game longs to be.  No amount of polish can make a game fun.  Of course a complete lack of polish can stand in the way of fun.

Birds and Other Things, Line Like Things.

August 26, 2007

Birds and other things

It is fun to have a painting turn out.  You can hang it up on your wall, and hope other people who come to your house look at it and say things like; “Hey, nice painting.”  This scenario has not happened yet but there is still time.

I cannot say enough about how much this blog has helped me further my painting.  It gives me access to an imaginary audience that I would hate to let down.  It also gives me a place where I can always look and see how my paintings have improved, or not, in a chronological type fashion.

I would like to thank the people at WordPress, and encourage anyone to start a painting, or sculpture, blog.  If I were really on top of things I would include notes on technique or color mixtures for further personal reference.

Birds With Legs, Birds Below

August 4, 2007

Birds with legs

I really like this painting.  It has nice colors and I feel it has some, dare I say it, emotional depth.  Not clear cut emotional depth, but a muddy sort of emotion.  For some reason muddy emotion seems good.

I also just sort of like the idea of birds with these long mechanical, or at least geometric, legs.  They have some good movement to them and are an unusual alternative to wings.

A Poor Use of Radial Abstraction

July 2, 2007


This painting is for the most part a disaster. I am a color field guy, and really have no idea how to use visible brush strokes.  This is probably why I stay as far away from oil color as I can.  This painting definitely suffers from “just one more thing and then it will be good” syndrome.

I am going back to half and quarter sheets and work on fundamentals.

Bridges as Cages

June 23, 2007

Double Bridge

The relationship between bridges and cages seems like a good relationship for rabbits and birds to explore.  I would imagine their forms are used to bridges and cages.  Cages to take you places, bridges with locked doors.

Bridge Over Memories of Serpents

June 2, 2007

Bridge over memories of serpents

Often the titles of my blog entries are not the titles of the paintings featured within them.  Often my paintings do not have titles, but not this time.  This painting is titled Bridge Over Memories of Serpents.  I like the painting more than the title, but I must admit the title does make me feel fairly clever, and maybe even a bit poetic.