Good influence can come at anytime. While taking some classes to kick start my oil painting skills I spent almost as much time just listening to the instructor talking to the other students as well as observing the reactions of my classmates. Some of them where notable for their skills and techniques and others for there positive attitude and willingness to learn. While others where quite resistant to being taught. I am sure they did not resist intentionally however it was evident that constructive criticism did not sit well with them. One student really stood out to me as she was a very kind woman but seemed to have a very difficult time taking direction, her reactions where often defensive rather than taking the time to actually listen to what was trying to be taught to her. Finally one day something seemed to click and she really started to listen to what was being said and to the directions that where offered to her. Suddenly the work she was doing was taking on the look she was after. She got it and it showed in the paintings she produced and in her overall presence and positive attitude. Lesson learned, take the time to listen & don't get defensive without taking the time to process what is being said and think about it before reacting.
Took a bunch of new photos of my copper art over the last few days. These things are tough to get good photos of and no matter how good the photo is it is never as good as seeing it in person. Really happy with the new body of work I put together and am excited for the next round of creativity to come. I have many ideas brewing in my mind and sketch book, so lots of work ahead of me. Gaining lots of momentum and I am feeling really motivated to keep making new pieces. Started painting again as well which is very stimulating for me. I did a few mini paintings just to get my brushes going again and am now ready to get working on some bigger paintings as well as to finish a few that where started months ago. I will keep posting some of the new photos and of course they can be viewed in the gallery under the metal tab. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave feedback.
I will be displaying a good portion of the copper art that I have done over the summer at The Good Bean Coffee Co. in Jacksonville. I am really excited to be showing at a great venue and would like to thank Mary Kell and her staff at the Good Bean as well as Hannah West for coordinating the show. Also thanks to Dancin winery who will be sampling wine during the event.
I will also have some abstract paintings on display at the Art Presence center in Jacksonville for the month of November. This is a group show featuring over 25 artist working in the abstract style. This will be the first time that I have shown some of these works publicly. And finally I currently have some of my copper art hanging at the C Street Bistro also located Jacksonville. Stop by and enjoy a great meal courtesy of Chef Paul Becking.
At long last I have new metal art to post. This is one of the new pieces that I finished recently. It is all copper that I have added various patina techniques to get the colors and all the arches are hand bent to give a nice 3D element to the art. I am always happy to hear your thoughts, so feel free to post a comment or contact me with any questions or if you are interested in the purchase of one of my art pieces. Thanks for looking.
This painting is a continuation in the "No Idea" series that is ongoing and will be added to when ever an idea or lack there of pops up. This series started after visiting another artist friend who's work I have admired for some time now. I was at his studio visiting and on the drive home I felt really inspired and knew I needed to get my a$s in gear and paint more often, well I had "No Idea" what I wanted to paint that day when the light bulb idea came to mind as I was thinking about how my friend has painted some simple objects and managed to make them look really cool and interesting. As we are all probably quite familiar with the light bulb symbolizing an idea it seemed like a good subject matter with references readily available. So I went home and painted a light bulb and then over the next few days or weeks I painted a few more. This painting is the latest in the series and was inspired by a scene in a very old movie by Ingmar Bergman. Thank for reading and watch for more in the series coming soon.
This Multi media piece came together over several months as all the pieces took time to realize they would form the final creation. It started with the eyeball painting which was originally part of a larger piece that did not quite work out. There where parts of the eye that I really liked so I kept it around hoping to find a use for it at some point. Next I found the circular piece at a estate sale and added it to my collection of other found objects which I am always on the look out for. I attempted to put it together with the eyeball but it was not working to my satisfaction until I found the large piece of copper, which incidentally I passed over the first time I saw it but I knew I would find a use for it so I had to go back and get it. Once home I realized all three pieces would work well together, so I then did the work to get it all assembled and present it here for you!! Thanks for giving it a look.
I was recently viewing some newer work by an old friend who is actually pretty responsible for getting me started on painting, he gave me my first one on one lesson with acrylic paint ( thanks Pete ). So anyhow I was certainly a little influenced by him and some of his techniques. One of which was some splattering he showed me that he did with his brushes. Well this lead me to try this and then to also find my own technique to use as well. So now I was flattered to see that he has now also found a liking to my style of splatter and has used it in many of his new works. I guess it felt good to be able to offer something in return for his getting me going on painting. As an artist I really enjoy working with and sharing ideas with other artist. I find it very rewarding as it helps to continually see things through different eyes and to keep pushing myself to learn and grow with my art and to hopefully inspire other artist to push themselves to always move forward as well. I am so grateful and thankful to every person that has helped me in my art career !! I truly hope I give back as much as I take in !!