I went to Crested Butte for my birthday weekend this year and fell in love. The views there are amazing and I had the best time. Two solid ingredients for inspiration.
I wanted to surprise one of my best friends with a little gift because 1. she’s amazing and 2. she just got engaged. This piece managed to come together so quickly and easily thanks to multiple factors hitting at once: Work was cancelled due to a major snow dumping, my friend got engaged to a great guy with an adorable dog, and I had a new bag of coffee beans hand-delivered from Seattle. So after scrolling through both her and her now-fiance’s instagram accounts, I found a photo that would play to my strengths; using black and white to create depth, highlights & shadows, and folds.
I’m quite proud of this painting that amazingly only took me a day to complete (granted, it was a long day with only breaks for more coffee and some food), so I do wish I had gotten better photos of it before shipping it to D.C.
I really like painting calvin and hobbes. I think the best part about it is trying to replicate the nuances of water color but with acrylic paint. I also really enjoy the mixture of soft water color background with the distinct black-outlined foreground subject of calvin and hobbes.
Mom’s Aspens. 2015. Acrylic on canvas. 20×24
I’ve been awful at painting recently (i.e. no motivation, little inspiration, and meager free time). Luckily, my parents have a new home that has lots of empty wall space and they were visiting in September. So I had someone to paint for and a timeline to work with. I was given a color scheme and I knew my mom already had pictures of trees hanging– so aspens in the fall was a natural choice. The hardest part was melding my style with something my parents would like.
Aspens are a lot of fun to paint and this one got a fair amount of positive feedback. My roommate said I should do a piece like this for our place so, needless to say, I’ll be doing more paintings of aspens.
About a year ago my friends, who had just started up a folk band, approached me and asked me if I would be interested in doing art work for them. They had seen some of my rough sketches I had done while bored at work and wanted that style– rough ballpoint pen sketches. How could I say no to helping out such talented artists?
It was nice to spend weekend afternoons, sipping on coffee, and sketching all sorts of “folky” things. The even better part was swinging by their practice to surprise them with completed sketches.
Sunday evening, March 12th, The Ridgelings had their cd release at Etown Hall. The show was their best one yet, and the CDs turned out so slick! I had done a sketch of a horse’s eye months prior and had pretty much forgotten about its existence. Seeing the old school printing of that sketch on an almost cardboard like cd case made me excited about my own artwork (which is real hard to do). Not only was the cover my work, but each section inside the unfolded case had other sketches I had done for them. (You can see those on my facebook page).
There is nothing better than being able to collaborate and help out other local artists.
The Ridgelings, “Hard Winter Rations” for sale on their website.
I spent a lot of time at Copper Mountain this ski season and got a lot of inspiration. Now that the season is coming to a close I’ve had more time to recreate the views I enjoyed all winter.
This past week I received a promotion and therefore had an office to decorate. I really liked how my sketch (above) turned out and thought it would be a quick and easy piece to put on canvass to cover up a really ugly wall in my office. Considering I’ve been feeling a bit rusty and I did this whole piece in one sitting, I think it turned out well enough.
March was a rough month so I needed something to get me back on my feet. One tactic was running away to Copper Mountain as much as possible. Not only was the snowboarding great, but the views were fantastic. The weekend escapes definitely made for great inspiration.
The other tactic was finishing a painting. I wanted to do a smaller piece that wasn’t as highly detailed and just focus on the therapy of moving the brush around a lot. All in all this was a good exercise in preparation of some larger pieces in the future.
My Own Mountains. 2015. Acrylic on Canvass board. 8×10