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Happy Halloween for all you creative freaks!

 

One of my abstracts from my class

One of my abstracts from my class

 

Well, it’s Halloween time, time to cherish your inner ghoul, you inner freak.  I got creative and decided to use my face as a canvas and smear white gesso and blue and yellow acrylic paint to look like some kind of mime or very pale artist.  I’m wearing all black and blue gloves, so I guess it is some kind of hybrid mime/ghoul/dead artist.  

My abstraction class just ended and here are some of the lessons I learned.  One, you can never have too much color or paint.  I admit, I’ve mixed colors before, but not like this.  I learned so much about color from just a few.  And how much I love orange and green colors.  I will post my paintings up soon.  Second, a board is just a board, but a canvas attached to a board, well now that’s something special.  I’ve never tried that surface before, and it works better than stretcher bars because 1′ plywood won’t ben or warp anytime soon.  I like strong and stable surfaces.  I could see doing more portraits and landscapes this way.  Also, a 24″x24″ size is a good size for me, not too big or small.  Third, though I have many years of art experience behind me, it’s nice to put your ego aside and ask questions from the more experienced teacher.  It was nice going to class, paint with other students, and having the teacher comment during the painting process.  It helped me catch some old habits and correct them.  You’re never too old or too young to attend classes.  I would love to take more workshops in the near future.  Now I have to get ready for some upcoming art shows I will post soon as well.

Art Blog: A creative explosion can be fun

I'm restless today, I haven't painted in a long time.  Been taken care of too many small details and errands lately it's easy to get lost.  So I finally allowed myself to explode.  Well if I really exploded I wouldn't be writing now, would I?  But I really exploded and I have the pics to prove it below.  I used acrylic paints for this special occasion because it's an easier clean up and I have pints, not just little tubes.  When you have large amounts of paint to work with, you feel more free, more riskier and playful.  I had some Brazilian music in the background to have an upbeat exotic vibe going on.  And then I just let loose, dipping and slashing, flinging paint.  The walls and floor of my place finally had some real decoration!  I was like a hunter or an animal in the wild, walking around, waiting to pounce, then fired the paint onto the board!  I also used my hands, my feet, nothing was taboo.  Total artistic freedom.  It felt good.  It was what I needed to do.  I meant nothing.  It meant everything.  Is this going to be the direction to go in?  I don't want to think about it, all I did was made the most of the moment.  To me, that's what making art is all about in the end.  Focus on the process and the rest will take care of itself.  I felt like a zen-master with a brush, allowing all my emotions to freely come out.  I was true to myself.  And here are the results:

Abstract paintings
My studio masterpieces today!

Abstract indian painting
A representational painting with abstract twist of two Indians

2 abstracts
My other abstract works