Recently, I completed a commissioned art work that features green, silver, and blue acrylic.
Remembering the old advice I received once: “If you want to be good at something you must always practice, practice practice!”
As a result, I have been using store bought canvas for my day to day practice. When I am ready to create a higher quality piece, I still prefer to use the canvas that I custom make. When I make my own canvas I use 100% heavy cotton canvas, I stretch it over thick 2 x inch wood, and I triple prime the canvas with gesso.
Unless an artist is paying for the highest premium canvas available, the level of quality I get from making my own canvas is unparalleled. As I have mentioned before, when an artist is unrestricted by the high costs of supplies and materials their creativity is able to reach heights that the average person can only dream of.
That being said, my latest commissioned work:
This untitled piece is 10 x 10 inches and has been painted on store bought canvas.
It is essentially a blend of colours with sharp splatters of silver. This piece is very abstract and was mainly a focus of colour composition rather than form.
It is a slight departure from my usual work, but I really enjoyed the way it developed.
Spring is nearly here: however in Southern Ontario, that does not always mean it will be warm outside or without snow.
The weather has been trite with gloomy over cast and threats of blizzards this week; so I decided to create a piece that would be an antithesis to current moods.
I call my latest piece: Jaune (yellow) Tide.
I integrated bright yellows, cerulean blues, aqua, and green hues in vibrant splashes on a gallery wrapped canvas. My favourite parts of this piece are the bright expanses of Yellow that bring warmth and happiness to the eye. The aqua is a nice offset against the blue as well.
As with many of my paintings, it can be hanged in any orientation; although it is difficult for me to decide where to sign each piece. I may adopt a symbol for signing my work in the future, so as to reduce the impact of a signature.
My latest work is an abstract conception of underwater (or sunken) gold.
I have been fortunate enough to take a dearly needed vacation and created this during my time away from work.
This is a modest 12 x 24 inch portrait style original work, that features intense contrasts of deep blue and gold. The idea that I worked with was to have blue waves engulf gold as it sunk deep underwater.
The image is a passive commentary on the notion of sunken treasure and opportunities that are out of reach, but still visible.
Much of my art is conceptual, abstract, and utterly beautiful to the eyes of a kindred be holder. I’ve received a lot of interesting feedback on my technique and style from people; and the ultimate response is that I should keep on going!
I think 800 is a nice number for a lifetime goal of art work… 😉
I have returned to colours like aqua and green in my latest work, called No. 19.
It is summer here in Southern Ontario, which means that my backyard is the perfect location to take full-light photos of my work. The backyard gets full sun for 6+ hours per day (which can make it very very hot during our 30 + degree Celsius weather).
The hydrangea plants serve as a perfect backdrop for smaller pieces. The rich green in the leaves make for an engaging background with lots of depth.
Lately, I have been working with a lot of pastel greens and examining how they interact with deep cerulean blue in my acrylic technique.
When I say “lately” I’m specifically talking about the past few days since summer has arrived here in Southern Ontario, Canada.
Although my initial entry into the art world began with my desire to create large artists canvas at infinitesimally cheaper costs than retail; I have become preoccupied with smaller pieces (6″ x 12″) in a rectangular shape.
By the end of July, I am hoping to have enough pieces that I am proud of enough to put forward as part of my portfolio. Portfolio + confidence are my goals as an artists for the summer of 2016.