As I spend more time in the studio and reinvigorate my body of work, I’ve found I spend a lot of time with my own thoughts. About the piece I’m working on, about my process, the process of making in general, and that of the artists I know.
Watching other artists work is like osmosis, without a direct transfer of technique. I am sure I have picked up on mastery of my teachers over time. One of my most influential teachers was taught by Richard Diebenkorn, and I sometimes wonder what, if any, of his techniques have made their way into my work…
Here is a silly instructional video about how I put my canvas stretchers together. Shooting alone got the best of me on this one. Let me know what you think.
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I just finished my first large painting of 2017, “Dialogue with Modern Perception”. I have not finished a work like this in a while and I have a body of new large paintings getting close to completion. I have felt quite successful with the push and pull dynamic of working on both objective work and non-representational simultaneously. As I have worked on both my large paintings, I have also made my drawing series “Studies in Light Dynamics”. Art making is not a liner process it seems, the impulse and drive to create requires time to percolate, because of this, it is beneficial to work in two alternating modalities. Gerhard Richter seems to me to be a great example of this push and pull of two different ways of working. I feel like many artists get pushed into one mode of working, which makes sense. As an artist becomes successful in a certain style, they now have an audience seeking that from them. Working in both of these modes, I feel has strengthened my process and work.
Dialogue with Modern Perception | See more large oil paintings.
Studies in Light Dynamics 1 through 3 | See more drawings.
I never get rid of old tooth brushes. To get the speckled texture on this piece I made a stencil with tracing paper and scrap paper. I traced out the area that I wanted to remove from the paper and cut it out with an xacto. I lined it up and blocked out the rest with scrap paper. Then I used a tooth brush that I dipped in ink and then pressed the bristles of the brush with my thumb to create a small splaying effect.
Give it a try and do it on a practice piece first.
Don’t use the tooth brush on your teeth ever again.
Get Your Phil of Art! I spent today working on my new video tutorial of a drawing I’m working on. While it’s not ready to air, I have some images of the process.
Update: Here is the completed tutorial.
See other tutorials here.
Using painters tape as inspiration, however stopped when I found a better blue.
Spending the first weeks of a new year busy in the studio. Building stretchers, stretching canvas, and the first steps of turning sketches into new paintings.
Here’s the second installment of “Get your Phil of Art“. This episode addresses the real issues of stretching your own canvas.