Monday, January 31, 2011


Hey all!!! Here is a painting I just finished a little while ago.  My friend Tristen was kind enough to pose for me. I'm sorry For the poor quality photos in this post. I wasn't really planning to document this painting. I just took a couple shot here and there with my Iphone. I think that you are able to get the picture of the different stages it took to make this portrait.

I initially started this portrait as a sketch and had no intention of bringing it any further. I just wanted an excuse to play with charcoal.

I later decide maybe I'll do a color study and play with some backlighting.

So by the time I got to this point I said to myself I might as well finish the painting.

I enjoyed making this painting. I started it in a carefree way not worried about the outcome. For me it was a nice break from the gallery work I usually do.  I didn't agonize over if the drawing was correct, if the colors were perfect or not. It just reminded me to have fun with my work and continue to grow.

Tea for One Oil Painting Demo

Thanks everyone for visiting. This time around in painting I wanted to tackle some different textures. I wanted to paint this unique tea pot that I acquired while in high school. I always loved the patina like glaze and the handmade feel of its form. Throughout most of all of my still life's there has been signs of age, cracks and decay. I've never really been drawn to ultra smooth or perfect scenes. I feel there is so much more character in distressed items. In my opinion the story will pretty much tell itself when you come across and portray those one of a kind objects.

Here is my basic set-up for the still life. I almost always work with the set-up directly beside my working surface to get a one to one comparison. When working on still life I find if most useful to work in this manor.

In starting this painting I quickly sketched out all the major forms on paper with pencil. In this stage of the process is where I decide the size and placements of the final composition. For this piece I chose to go with 12 X 10 inches.

The next stage was to transfer the drawing to the linen. I used a fine weave oil primed linen on panel that I bought from New Tradition. I believe it was L600.

Notice the dark band across the top of the linen is caused by my easel casting a shadow. I would normally adjust that right away but in this case because it didn't block the main subject I decided to be lazy and let it be.

In the Raw Umber wash stage I try to find the tonal relationships between the objects. I work in a general way compressing values making simple flat tones. I'm not interested in details or turning forms at this point. All of the little nuances will come with time in the later stages of the painting. In the back of my mind I'm starting to construct a base and narrow down my decision making for the later layers of paint.

For the first time of applying color I look for an approximate middle tone for the areas receiving light leaving the shadows in the Raw Umber stage. I can later decide to lighten or darken the middle tone to conceptually turn the form of the objects.

Now that I have covered the entire linen with a tone and their approximate hues I can start using it as a map to guide me in finishing the painting piece by piece. One could definitely skip this stage by making color or poster studies ahead of time. I often make color studies for more complex paintings.

Carefully I repaint everything I've worked on up until this point. My choices are made deliberately and wisely trying to bring each part to its finish. I have slowed down quite a bit compared to the rapid pace in which I started the painting.

I finally arrived at the finished product after much fiddling around. One thing I tried to do in the final paint layer was to bring some color unity into the piece as a whole. Therefore I made sure to introduce broken applications of blue into the tea pot, cup, stone and wood table top. I basically matched the value of the blue to the object I painted into to have a more subtle amalgamation.

Thank you again for visiting.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Angel Academy of Art's Academic Process Videos

Hi all!!! My old school in Florence, Italy The Angel Academy of Art just sent me these great videos on the school and it's working process. The videos were shot very well and it made me home sick to go back and study there. It's been four years since I graduated and been in a class room environment. I miss the friendly competition and the sharing of technique and ideas. Looking back I realize how much I really learned at the Angel Academy. Being a professional tattoo artist for over fourteen years I thought I knew a thing or two about art and drawing. After studying at Angel under Michael John Angel, Jered Wiznicki, and Martinho Isidro Correia I found out that under there shadow I had a lot to learn. The three instructors basically built me up from scratch and taught me an invaluable discipline that I'm still trying to perfect. 

So these videos are the first two of three that give a brief overview of the deep academic process of the Angel Academy of Art. I either could not find the third video or it is just not finished. If anyone is Planning to study in this tradition and has the monetary means I would definitely consider checking out Angel.

I look forward to seeing the third video and when I do I'll make sure to update this post.