The creative process can be so solitary that when I show my work a nervous excitement overcomes me. That was me this weekend at the beginning of my Open Studio weekend. The conversations as well as the feedback I received was appreciated and a much needed change from my daily routine. I am truly grateful that after this past weekend I was able to donated a percentage of my sales to HDSA Research.
The next two weeks I have two major projects that I am working on. I have started the site merge and although I am behind my soft deadline the end result will be worth it. The SF General Hospital, Hearts and Hero project is almost completed. I can see the completed project and have started making the final touch ups before the protective coating gets put on. After this project has been completed and picked up by the shipping company. I plan on getting back into the routine of attending live figure drawing workshops.
A quote that has been coming up a lot at the most random times is one that may or may not be factual but I like the jist of it. When they asked Michelangelo how he made his statue of David he is reported to have said, “It is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.” -Michelangelo.
Part of my process is to do a figurative quick study sketch as the under painting before I start abstracting the form. This image is of one of the works on paper I started working on in my studio this week. Eventually, I plan on using this piece as the value study for a larger work on canvas.
These images are from an abstract painting workshop I taught last weekend in Palo Alto. This workshop focused on creating multi-dimensional paintings using the concept of layering. The first image is an example of a class exercise that focused on the importance of value in painting. The second image displays a variety of classroom exercises that were painted during the weekend. There are some examples of when students added one color to a monochromatic palette and other examples focused on learning the color wheel by painting with an analogous color palette and the split complimentary color. My next round of classes and workshops begin in October. My time away from the classroom will consist of working on my portfolio, working on my website as well as attending multiple Bay Area figure drawing workshops.