Hello my friend,
I wanted to take a moment and share some of the exciting things that have happened over the summer. I am very pleased to report that my art continues to get some recognition in competitions. It is always nice to know that there are people in the art world who appreciate my paintings. That said, I spent time this summer re-evaluating my own artwork. The more I learn, the more I realize how much there is still to learn. Exciting isn't it?
First Place Winner: Open Portfolio
I was recently awarded first place for a collection of my paintings in A Singular Creation Art Community quarterly juried competition. View article.
Richeson 75 International Figure/Portrait Competition
These four pieces are Meritorious Entries which will be printed in the limited edition hard cover book.
I had the pleasure of meeting an incredible still-life artist, Scott Fraser (also a Kansas City Art Institute alumni!). Being able to talk with him and see his art in person was truly inspiring. I left his studio energized and determined to take my work to the next level. His biggest suggestion was that I do some paintings from life. It had been far too long, and it was showing in my artwork. The first piece I did upon returning home was this painting (from life, of course!). Click for more about this process.
This self-portrait is currently on my easel. The first evening was spent in preparation (lighting, hanging a panel to reflect light, adjusting the mirror and seat height etc). I began painting directly without a preliminary drawing. It took a little time to get a feel for how to push and pull the paint. I lifted out highlights to reveal the lead white primed linen panel. I have since painted a layer in full color. I am using this piece as an opportunity to play with how I manipulate the paint, in addition to focusing on the temperatures of light, shadow and reflected light.
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I am so excited about this entire process of studying, learning and re-evaluating. How great is it to feel like you have nothing to lose and everything to gain? Thank you for letting me share my journey with you.