art, painting

brush. canvas. paint.

Well!  Its that time of year again, students all around the world are hitting the books and preparing for final exams… or in my case, painting.  Here are a few things I’ve been working on (almost exclusively) over the last few days, I hope you enjoy!

Above is a partially completed work, you can check out the bottom of this post for the finished product.

Painting really was a challenge for me this year.  Just the amount of work required is quite staggering, each painting ranges more or less from 1 to 8+ hours. (Well okay, only one was 8+.)  I’m sure I could have dropped all my other courses this year and still have been busy with it, check out the pile of stuff I have on the floor too.  My focus in school is definitely design though, so I think there were a few times where painting took a bit of a back seat to other projects.  That being said, I did work really hard, and there are some where I surprised myself with what was done.

This one above is the ceiling of the studio, the goal was to capture a sense of architectural space.  I like it because it seems almost abstract at first, but there is still a quality of depth and area.  This was done fairly early after midterm and I really began to notice an improvement in my work after this painting.  It was a bit of a turning point from the stuff I was working on before it, which was, I must say, extremely frustrating.

Below is a reproduction from a Jenny Saville section and I love the way it turned out.  The colours are a bit low-key, but thats okay, its a pleasant change from my normally bright work.

And finally, here is the completed version of the very first image I showed.  It is a reproduction of a Catherine Kehoe self portrait.  A big, yet subtle, change from the image at the very top is the sizing, placement, and colour of the eyes.  Its amazing how the smallest alterations can move an image from something that doesn’t read well to a more finished coherant piece.

The quality of the photos is lacking a bit, I took them with my cell phone camera.  The studio is locked for the next week or so while we are graded though, so this is the best I will probably have until after the Christmas break.

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