Sunday, January 31, 2010

1 Masterpiece down 2 to go

Title: Noon on PCH 012810
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 35.5in x 23.75in
Inspiration: The long explanation is in my last post so the abridge version is that I was inspired by the way the ocean meets the sky.  This was a very fun relaxing painting to do. 

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Last night I gessoed three 35.5 x 23.75 canvass and today I toned them with a nice even mixture of burnt umber and ultramarine blue.  I am going to be using this toning technique in my upcoming classes so I figure I might as well get some practice in before class starts.  I usually tone my canvass in acrylics because they dry so quick but this time I tried using oils.  I like the idea of toning in oils because it forces me to commit to doing the rest of the painting in oil but the dry time is excruciating.  I am inspired. I want to paint but instead I am sitting around twiddling my thumbs waiting for paint to dry.  Boring and annoying.  

My original inspiration for these paintings was the point at which the sky meets the earth during a sunset as I was driving up the Pacific Coast Highway.  The way the orange of the sky and the blue contrasted each other was beautiful then also the way the orange near the horizon transitions into the light blue of the sky. So beautiful.  Then the next day at about noon I was driving back down PCH and the same sky meeting the ocean looked so much different then it did 19 hours before.  So I was inspired to create a series of the horizon at different points in the day.  

My goal for these is for them to not be overly realistic but more abstract, simple, and relaxing.  I want to remind the viewer of how vast and amazing the sky and the ocean are.  Since I really learned how to use oils I haven't played with them.  I have only done realistic pieces.  I have played with acrylics plenty but oils not so much.  This is going to be my chance to just play with oils and enjoy the medium.  

I know I have said a lot and it is because of how excited I am to do these paintings.  There not for school, not for a friend, and not a commission.  They are for me and my enjoyment.  I haven't painted large scale just for me in quite a long while.  

I am glad to feel inspired again.  I hope these paintings turn out as I intend them to and I will be sure to post them here when I finish.  :)   

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Islands 2010 Calender July

Title: Palm
Medium: Watercolor on Paper  
Size: 9x12
Inspiration: Watching HSN there was a woman hawking her watercolor sets and had pre drawn flowers for purchasers to color in.  I thought, "I can do that," so I did.  The image is from a calender my mom got for Christmas.  Not my best work but I was nice to paint.  In the actual image the colors are a bit brighter.  

Monday, January 18, 2010

Thought of the Day

It's raining
It's pouring
The old man is snoring
He went to bed
and bumped his head
and couldn't get up in the morning

It is quite a rainy day today.  
I am having flash backs to the crazy island winters.  
This is supposed to go on for a week or two.  
I hope the hills don't fall down.  
On another note, I got my art supplies! 
Now art can be created.  
I am excited for next semester in school.  
I am taking Drawing Heads and Hands, Figure Painting, Art history thru the 19th Century, and Comparative Religions.  
After this semester I have 17 classes left so if I work really really hard I can be done by Fall 2011.  
6 years to get my bachelors.  
Go me!  
Thats what I get for taking a year off. 

Peace, Love, and Chicken Grease.  

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Title: Flamingo

Medium: Pastel on Brown Packing Paper  
Size: approx. 30x17
Inspiration: I went to the zoo this week with my best friend and did a quick sketch of a flamingo.  When deciding what to do with the sketch I thought it would be cool to draw the flamingo balancing on a ball, and then though what if the ball was in a kiddy pool filled with water.  Thus you get what you see above.  I used pastel because the same friend who went with me to the zoo was cleaning out her apartment and had these pastels she didn't want so I took them.  I haven't used pastels since 2002 in high school art class.  I think I like using them.  They blend really nicely.   

School begins soon.  I am excited but it is going to be stressful.  We still haven't found the perfect house so I am going to be setting up my art studio in the basement that we are currently living in.  It should be interesting.  Wish me luck.   

p.s.  I changed the name from A Creative Dump to A Creative Spot.  "Dump" made me think of poop or of trash and my art is not either of those so a name change was needed.  


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