Thursday, January 29, 2015

Broken - Still Life

In keeping with my New Year's Resolution, here's what I'm working on now. Not the best quality photos, given that there wasn't any natural light. I'll definitely take better pictures once it's finished.

A burnt-out lightbulb, a yellow flower, and a few pages torn out of an old, less-than-mint condition copy of The Simarillion. These are just a few things I had laying around my apartment. Put together a still life, sketched out a drawing, and started painting.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Year's Resolution

Wow, it's been a while since I updated this blog! Well, I'm still alive. Just trying to juggle art with full-time, non-art related work. It's an adjustment that I'd like to think I'm finally starting to get better at.

My New Year's Resolution is to Make More Art and be more consistent about sharing it.

So here's a teaser picture of my studio with my current painting on the table. I'll post a better picture of the painting soon (I need to watermark it first, which means resurrecting my dying MacBook).

I've been trying to adjust to making art in a tiny little apartment where my drawing table doubles as my dining table, and my studio consists of 1 table and 1 overcrowded plastic taboret. My current struggle is figuring out the best light source for painting.

My current studio set-up, complete with laptop and iPhoto, because I went several months without a digital camera and had to resort to taking pictures with my phone (then viewing them on the computer, since I have no printer). Two lamps. Neither by itself is good enough--alone, each casts a huge shadow from my hand right onto whatever I'm working on. But the two-lamp solution is working for now. 

Side note--this is not the first time I've painted by referencing images on a computer. This painting was also done largely by glancing back and forth at pictures on a screen. A pain in the butt, compared to looking at prints. But doable.