Time to paint

I was simply busy. I could have managed my time better. But I finally finished this image.

Acrylic on Wooden Board 24″ x 18″

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Working Progress

Very slow progress. This is just one third or a half way done I think. Spring break starts day after tomorrow, I am hoping that I will be able to finish this image soon.

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Underpainting

Yesterday I prepared several rather large wood panels. This 24″ x 18″ was one of them. It is supported rather thick support and very nice panel, but the surface was extremely rough for me. It needed to be sanded down for quite long time. When I was doing this boring process, the sun was shining on me and warm wind was heavenly talking to me. It was Spring and is Spring outside right now. I decided to paint flowers on this panel.

As the first step I like to cover the entire surface with the some medium value color with the basic map of the image. I do not like to see white background seeing through every time I place the color. White always create the dramatic contrast with any hues and deceive my eye. But I regret a little selecting Blue Green for the base color because Blue usually sneaking up the layers and makes the final image rather gloomy. Now I need to be very careful. I am going to work on this image today and see what will happen.

Acrylic wood panel. 24″ x 18

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Spring for creative mind

I started to paint again. I got lost in the painting process. I did not know what to do next either. Since I have a job, it is very easy to find many excuses for myself not to paint nor create any images….. Actually I do not need to paint. I should not feel guilty by not painting. But I do! Creating the images becomes a major part of my living and not doing so makes me feel void and lazy. I do not know if feeling like this is good or bad, but this is what it is now. So I started to paint again! I decided not think about anything but just enjoy painting. I am working on five paintings right now. I am going to sand and gesso 10 wooden panels today. I am ready for the creative Spring!

Acrylic on wooden panel. 8″ x 10″

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Spring

Spring in south is always magnificent. When I start dreaming of colorful flowers, it is the beginning of the season. My anticipation for walking among the flower full gardens and streets are getting higher. Welcome warm wind and sunshine!

Acrylic on wooden panel. 24″ x 12″

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Out from Hibernation

It is a kind of hard to keep painting by myself. It is very easy to distracted and do something totally irrelevant. Now I am getting conscious about up coming Spoleto show. I need to create many paintings to fill my tent. I sometimes doubt about my sanity. Do I really need to have a pressure to paint?

Acrylic on wood panel 12″ x 12″

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Suddenly Winter

We set all clocks in our home to the Winter time. The AC system is on as a heater. It is Winter! The seasons are moving too quickly.

Acrylic on wood panel 10″ x 8″

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Christmas show

“Christmas made in the South” show is coming soon. I was not sure if this show will be held this year because of the indoor setting. Since I received this information, I am a kind of in panic.I do not have enough works to fill up my booth. I need to make some Christmas cards. I need to frame. I need..I need..I have a lot of cup of tea to settle down. I will be OK!

This image is very similar to the previous post. But this is a little larger than the one before. All objects I painted here are slightly larger than actual sizes. When you draw or paint realistically any objects larger than the actual dimensions, it suddenly becomes very difficult. It takes usually one or two days to paint this type of image. It took four days for me to finish this. I am going to set a new still life with Christmas ornaments today. I am probably trying to make the dimension larger again. I should get used to paint larger!

Acrylic on wood panel 8″ x 10″

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Printing on Stone Henge

I printed this image on Stone Henge which is quite thick paper. I could not do it one year ago because of the thickness of this paper. Unless you use some kind of press, you need to rely on your muscle and experience. Finally I challenged myself and somehow I could make it. I need more experience including the amount of ink I use and how much pressure I use. It took three hours to print 10 sheets. I might buy either an etching or a book press.

6″ x 7″ Wood Engraving

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Christmas is coming

It is a time to start Christmas images for the winter shows. I am afraid that those might be cancelled again. But I need to do what I need to do. Besides it is quite fun to paint those colorful images. Also I am thinking about adding a dreamy quality to my paintings such as Victorian Christmas theme. When I was a student long time ago, I thought about some crazy ideas like “what is an art”. Now let’s have fun and clap the hands for what I see….attitude! I took my sketchbooks out and am drawing a Christmas tree and Santa Claus. It will be a great fall activity!

Acrylic on wood panel 8″ x 8″

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