Monday, June 26, 2017

News From The Studio 6/26/17

Hello friends,

It's time for an update from the studio, so here it goes:
  • Today was the final deadline for members of National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society to apply for representation at RS Hanna Gallery from September - December.  They extended the deadline an entire month, so I've been waiting that long to find out if I've been accepted.  We'll be hearing from them later this week.  I am nervous either way, because if I'm rejected it'll be a huge bummer.  But if I'm accepted, then I have a lot of work ahead of me to prepare for it.  This is one of the biggest leaps I've taken in a while, and probably my biggest to date.  I need prayer!
  • I am working on so many projects right now, it's a little ridiculous.  I have a new series called Imago Dei, which is a series of figure paintings.  I am also going to be working on a few small works to submit for a NOAPS small works exhibition coming up later this year as well.  I'm really hoping to get into that exhibition because it is going to be showing at my friend Cathy Kline's gallery in Parkville, Missouri.  The trick is to create some particularly outstanding small paintings.  If there's one thing I know about small works, it's that they have to stand out to be noticed.  They have to be exceptional, and that's what I think is going to make this a tough exhibition to get into.  Of course, that's true of any show, but a small works show for sure.
  • So speaking of my Imago Dei series, I've had a bit of a frustrating experience today.  But, I suppose I should welcome myself to the club.  That is, the club for artists who have had artwork censored from Facebook.  Apparently, I am so good at figure paintings that Facebook decided to remove an image of one of my Imago Dei paintings today.  And here it is:
Imago Dei - Balance
oil on canvas
36x24 inches
  • I've decided I'm going to let Facebook have this one... for now.  I may upload it again later, but what for?  I realize full well that works of fine art such as paintings and sculptures depicting the nude figure do not violate their community standards regarding nudity.  It states that explicitly, in fact.  But I am not the only artist to experience this.  Lo and behold, just as I had to deal with this today, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw another artist dealing with the same thing.  And then another artist.  What's the deal, Facebook?  You like censoring art now?  Whatever.
  • Anyway, moving on... in case you didn't notice, I have begun to revive my YouTube channel, and I've posted a bunch of new vlogs over the past several weeks.  They are all posted here on my blog.  And if you haven't yet, please go over to my YouTube channel and subscribe so you can be among the first to see my new vlogs as I post them!  I am currently working on a short series of videos discussing my Stages of Oil Painting, in which I show you each of the different stages that I go through to create an oil painting in the traditional, indirect approach.  They are pretty brief overviews of the process, and not full tutorials on how I do the painting.  I have also recently started a series looking at my art book collection, and talking about which books I recommend for artists, and why they are so resourceful.  This is just the beginning.  I have several more ideas for upcoming vlogs, so please subscribe!!
  • Remember First Friday coming up in the Crossroads in KC on July 7th!  Again, I am showing at Jones Gallery at 1717 Walnut.  Stay tuned for future updates, as I have another First Friday opening in the Crossroads coming up in January 2018 that will be literally only a block away from Jones.  More to come later on that show!

That's all the news for now.  Again, wish me luck this week on that RS Hanna Gallery representation!  Thanks everyone, more to come soon!

Friday, June 23, 2017

YouTube Vlog #7 - Library Tour Part I: Techniques of Genius

Hello again,

Today I posted my first vlog in a series on my collection of art books.  In each video, I will be discussing one or two books out of my library, and how they have been resourceful in my art career.  In this first one, I have two that I'm sharing - One on Velázquez, and the other on Rembrandt.  But these aren't typical books about their work.  They also get into their technique, and give us insights into their painting process, and how they thought visually.

 Knowing art history is more than simply knowing about the lives and works of old masters.  Being familiar with how these masters worked can help us immensely when it comes to developing our own technique.  Hope you all find this vlog helpful, and if you get a chance, be sure to check out these books for yourself!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

YouTube Vlog #6 - Stages of Oil Painting Part III: First Color

Hello my friends,

I have finished the third stage of my figure painting vlog series, and it is up on YouTube now.  This is the first color, or "first painting" stage of the painting in which I apply the first layer of color to the figure, and I talk about how I went about it in my latest video.  Check it out below, and stay tuned because I have probably two more stages left to finish.

Plus, stay tuned in a few days for my first vlog highlighting some of my favorite books in my library (for all you art history nerds).

Here is the latest in Stages of Oil Painting:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

YouTube Vlog #5 - Stages of Oil Painting Part II: Grisaille

Hi everyone,

A new vlog is up, and this one is Part 2 of my stages of oil painting.  This one is the grisaille.  For this stage, we start to set the values of the figure in place for the upcoming stages of color application.  The grisaille is done completely with tones of gray, and in this vlog I tell you all about how I do it.  Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

YouTube Vlog #4 - Stages of a Painting: The Underpainting

Hello again friends,

The latest vlog is up on YouTube!  So one question I get a lot is what my process is for building up a painting from start to finish.  How long does it take me?  How many layers, and so forth.  Well I thought I would show you through a short series of videos - each one showing you each progressive stage in the process.  So this first one is all about the underpainting.  Here, I explain what the underpainting is and how I get my start on it.  Hope you enjoy, and please subscribe to my channel so you don't miss anything!  More vlogs to come!

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