Posts made in May, 2015

Another little sketch from life, and some rambling and ranting

Another little sketch from life, and some rambling and ranting

Another post, this one written while at my studio. Elijah I did this sketch about a year ago, while attending a local figure drawing group’s life drawing session. We’d meet every week, sometimes more than that, to have the opportunity to draw a live model. Elijah was some fellow that Ben (the guy who runs the figure drawing group) just happened to meet while out and about. Elijah agreed to post for portraits and shirtless. (Some models pose for us nude, some pose clothed.) Ben has a talent for getting models! Elijah is a remarkable young man with many talents and interests, and some fascinating stories to tell. We had a wonderful drawing session with him. I took some photos of Elijah during that drawing session, and plan on doing a painting based on this approximate same pose. Should be interesting! Blogging, blogging, blogging Since this is my daily rambling art blog, I’ll discuss that a  bit while I’m here. Google decided to start measuring how well all our web sites work on mobile devices. So some of my old, old, old sites (like 14+ years!) aren’t up to snuff. They were designed and created for a whole different type of technology, old 15″ 600×800 resolution monitors, and 56K modems! Yikes! So I’m trying to create some more content with the WordPress (blogging) format, in the hopes that it’ll conform better to future advances in technology and with whatever we are using to get online in another 14+ years! (I shudder at the thought!) So I was setting up some blogs and doing some fiddling. It is an arduous task, I must say. My studio companion Often when I go to paint at my studio, I bring along my mom. She reads aloud to me as I paint. She’s always been a ‘great reader’ (to quote Jane Austen) and you can’t stop her! Her reading aloud to me and my siblings as we were children are a major reason why we all are ‘great readers’ ourselves! She reads with a lot of expression and emotion and makes everything she reads much more interesting as a result. She’s retired and her life has slowed down a bit. Reading aloud (and having it appreciated—as I truly do!) gives her so much joy and a feeling of accomplishment. We’ve gone through many books this way. I am painting, and she is reading. I hope we can continue this practice for a long time. I always feel like I get an extra blessing and my paintings turn out better when she is with me, reading. If you have a senior in your life who likes to read, ask them to read to you...

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Jason Aaron Baca acrylics mini painting

Jason Aaron Baca acrylics mini painting

I did this little study in acrylics, and I guess the texture in the canvas, as well as the small size (which made the texture bigger in proportion) made it a very difficult painting to scan or photograph! So I took my scan (which had a lot of reflected canvas texture) and fiddled with some filters in Photoshop, in hopes of bringing out the painting and minimizing the canvas texture. This attempt is only partially successful in doing that. Another notable thing about this painting is that it was painted with the Zorn Palette, which is a limited palette consisting of only White, Vermillion (Cadmium Red Light will do), Black (often Ivory Black), and Yellow Ochre. I write more about the Zorn Palette on my main site. You can see another picture of the painting (which I took with my mobile phone, ironically) on my main site’s blog, which escaped capturing all the canvas texture, but still (I think) made the colors too harsh. Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on StumbleUpon (Opens in new...

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Classic Male Portrait (WIP)

Classic Male Portrait (WIP)

Another Work in Progress! I posted this on Facebook but since this site is more for day-to-day blogging, I’m posting it here! I have about a half hour or 45 minutes into this piece so far. I liked the spontaneity of it (so far). I usually end up overworking a painting, so wanted to document how it looked before I messed it all up! Another notable thing about this painting is that it’s my first experiment with using a Trekell “Linen Wrapped Panel.” This is quite unique (at least for what I’m used to) and I’m really liking it! It’s a cradled wood panel with linen stretched over and stapled on the backside (like a regular stretched canvas, but there’s a wood backing to support the canvas). I really like it! I bought some samples of the various other flavors of panels from Trekell. I hope they continue to sell these, because I think they’re fabulous! Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on StumbleUpon (Opens in new...

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