Monday, January 31, 2011

Oh Mondays...

 A sketch from my sketchbook based on a photograph taken in the 1920s (pictorialist style with the costume and scene referencing the renaissance), thought she kind of looked like me.. but then again, I think any picture of someone with curly hair looks like me.

Also, a week or so back, I finally finished this painting - It doesn't look much different, because I actually really liked the unfinished feel of the canvas before I added the face in. I found it interesting that as I was drawing the face, it really changed from the photo I was referencing, into somebody else (like the painting has a life of its own, haha). Also in my last post about the progress of this painting, I referenced that I was going to bejewel this painting - I've decided against that for now, I just think there's a lot going on without adding another material.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Joys of Procrastination

After finishing to write my massive To Do list yesterday, I felt like I had gotten enough done to spend some time working on a painting (and in doing so, putting off the to do list for yet another day). I recently came across some youtube videos by the artist Michael Shapcott and I fell in love with his method of painting. He takes acrylics and oils and makes them appear to be watercolours in the way he applies them to his canvas.

After watching a number of videos of his work, I decided that I pretty much understood his method (which involves painting a canvas with a white primer, making a detailed pencil sketch on top, applying a fixative to the pencil so it doesn't smear, then applying watered-down paint on top in layers, gradually building up the thickness of the paint and using a cloth to smear paint and create a dripping/blending effect). So, I decided to try it out for myself. As this is my first painting using this method, I learned quite a lot, and there are plenty of things I would like to change in this painting.

But anyways, I thought I would share it, so you can see where my work may be heading in the future (basically more away from the opaque, simply, solid blocks of colour I've been using before).

To be honest, I don't think I'm done yet. I think I may want to go over it a bit, the colours look odd in some areas (most of this was done around 2am, in dim lighting, so only in the daylight was I able to see some of the more glaring problems). But I'm a fan of the vibrant colours, and the way the face looks a lot more realistic then in previous works. Any comments?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A New Year just begun

A New Year has just begun and I find myself in the midst of piles or readings, torrents of snow, and hours and hours of extra-curricular commitments. Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying being constantly busy, but I'm just back from holidays and I already feel like I need another break. 

What I find especially interesting/funny is that while I am writing this post, on the second floor of the SSMU building, at least thirty World of Warcraft (I assume?) lovers have set up their camp next to my table- complete with two large boxes of Tim Hortens doughnuts, a laptop each and pepsi bottles. One person yells out "Plug in your laptops everyone" and there is a scramble over cords and extension cords, as the many laptops come to life. "We have power!" is yelled by a member of the group, "We have power!" is echoed by another member.

They are talking amongst themselves, planning out strategies, placing bets on who will be the champion tonight. I'm completely astounded at the sheer numbers. I would count them, but I'm afraid they'll think I'm staring. There's about 15 - that was smooth- okay, so maybe I exaggerated a little, it's not 30 but still it's a pretty substantial group of individuals who are dedicating their evening to play on online game. I'm not going to judge - I bet I'd be pretty addicted if I started playing it too (I'm serious! I've got an addictive personality)...

Oh, apparently I was wrong.. It's a StarCraft club - a "military science fiction real-time strategy game" according to Wikipedia, I apologize. You learn something new everyday. I'm tempted to sit here and watch this battle unfold, however I've got readings that must be read for tomorrow, journal responses that must be written and emails to be sent. And yet, this is so mesmorizing! --- Alright, it's been an hour (at least) of watching these people, and they've yet to start playing, I think they're still figuring out the game plan. Well, I guess maybe I'll head out then. I'm not if this little experience has given me a different perspective on my own plight, however, what it certainly gave me a couple of laughs.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Around the House

Objects around my apartment.  
Testing out my new camera, not quite used to the settings yet...