20 October 2016

Live Painting: 19 October 2016

For this live painting session, I decided not to prep too much before starting, so you can see exactly how I start a painting, therefore, the majority of the video (just under 2 hours) is me blocking in shadows with violet (actually, technically, Permanent Magenta). My commentary is sparse, as I spent the morning stacking firewood on the front porch (and was, therefore, pretty tired), plus, beyond "blocking in shadows," there's not much to say. Instead of silence (or worse, forced blathering) I had musical copyright-approved accompaniment from Supposubly.

The same technical issues from the previous Facebook video return and I manage to invert the camera before too long so you can actually see me painting (rather than seeing the back of my hand), but the reversed view continues, so I, again, appear to be left-handed (not that there's anything wrong with that).

The paintings being worked on are Inside a Broken Clock 1 and Inside a Broken Clock 2, both featuring Kimwun and a waitress. The location is my former co-workers' house on Donlands I photographed for my Interiors series.

17 October 2016

Silence in Heaven

22" x 15", watercolour, 2016

The technical challenge here was to see if I could transform a silhouetted window to look as though the sun was beaming through it. Taking a cue from, and looking at artwork by, one of my favourite illustrators, Bernie Fuchs, I did the best I could. I think the hot spot turned out pretty well, considering I improvised the lighting in this scene. The lighting on the woman, on the other hand...

The model here is the same young woman I photographed when she was in City of Angels (her cast photo is in this post); I did a number of small mini posters featuring much of the cast, and some in their double roles.

14 October 2016

Live Painting: 14 October 2016

The video below is just under 90 minutes of me working on two watercolours which I live-streamed via Facebook...and provided dubious semi-instructive, mildly interesting "play-by-play" style commentary. Initial technical difficulties aside (the image orientation gets corrected pretty soon after the start), it's fairly watchable.

The footage is reversed so that I could monitor my framing using the iPad's screen, so it looks like I'm working left-handed, but I'm not (not that there's anything wrong with that).

For the curious: the painting with the flaming sword is titled Lost in a Riddle, and the autumnal painting is titled Things Are Looking Up, which are both part of a trio of Jon J Muth-inspired misty forest scenes along with Artificial Heart, and all three are part of my recent 13-painting watercolour project (of which, only two (yet-to-be-painted ones) are actually related).

For the curiouser: my previous painting using the same model ref as the one in the video (the autumnal scene) is If This Goes On... (from 1994!).