Hello, and welcome to my very first blog post! I am very excited to have launched this new addition to my website! I decided to create this blog to share new paintings I am working on or ideas I would like to discuss.
Throughout the past few weeks, I have been working on a wide variety of projects. These new undertakings range in size, medium, and subject matter. I have recently been working on the following:
8” x 11” charcoal and pencil portraits
A “12” x 48” oil painting of two fish
Paintings of the human body
Depictions of nature
A few examples of my smaller 8” x 11” and 11” x 14” portraits.
Yesterday, I continued to work on incomplete paintings. The first is a 24” x 18” painting inspired by a recent cross country varsity team trip to Gunnison.
In this painting, I am attempting to give the viewer the same sense of bucolic beauty that I experienced during my time in Gunnison. It is not yet complete. A frustration I am experiencing with this work stems from the fact that I didn’t have a clear plan going into the creation process. This ended up leaving the painting with a poor composition and a childish look. The second painting I worked on yesterday is a 36” x 24” depiction of a statue overlooking a city.
This work was originally started about six or seven months ago. The original painting did not contain the statue. At the time, I was experimenting with the use of turpentine in my oils to create a rainy sense in my painting. It was only after some time had passed that I realized this painting could use a vertical element. Later, I stumbled upon a WWII photo portraying a statue overlooking the wreckage from the firebombing of the German city Dresden.
Immediately, I realized that this is what my painting lacked. Coincidentally, the integration of the human figure into my paintings is one thing I am currently focusing on. So everything ended up working out perfectly. This painting is still far from completion.
I have also started a larger, 17” x 24”, charcoal portrait of my mother.
Once completed, I am planning to turn this drawing into an oil painting. A series of oil portraits is a possibility for the near future. My plans for the future also include more paintings which integrate the human figure. I will also continue to produce landscapes.