I’ve recently realized that Aspens are a lot of fun to paint. They’re a good subject to keep me preoccupied between bigger projects and they’re easy to try out new styles with.
Aspens Color. 2015. Acrylic on canvass. 8×10
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.
Most paintings require multiple days or weeks to complete and
sometimes most of the time I am just too impatient. Sometimes I just need to feel like I’ve accomplished something and that I’ve exercised my artistic muscle. I’ve discovered the best way to accomplish both those things is by doing mini paintings. I found some awesome little 4×4 canvasses at Michaels and some old canvass sheets that I can use for painting practice.
Summit County Aspens. 2014. 4×4.
Mini 14er. 2014. 4×4. Christmas gift for my mother.
Indian Peaks Campsite. 2014. 4×6.
Since I’ve still been struggling to find motivation and patience to start a new painting, I’ve at least satiated my hunger for making art by sketching. To make things more challenging (yet a good exercise) I’ve been sketching with ballpoint pen (and even at one point a sharpie). That way, when I screw up, I have to figure out how to work with that misplaced line/shadow/splotch rather than letting the left side of my brain take over and erase that “mistake”. Work with what you’ve got!
I’ve been doing ballpoint pen sketches here and there for a couple months and I just kept adding them to my previous post about sketches. Since that was starting to get a bit long I decided to create this new post for your viewing pleasure:
Never Summer. 2014. ballpoint pen on paper. 5×7
BroLine. 2014. ballpoint pen on paper. 5×7
Smitten Kitten. 2014. Ballpoint pen on paper
ABasin. 2014. ballpoint pen on paper. 5×7
Indian Peaks Tent. 2014. ballpoint pen on paper. 5×7
Untitled Skier. 2014. ballpoint pen on paper. 8×11
Snowboard Chick. 2014. ballpoint pen on paper. 5×7
View from Copper. 2015. ballpoint pen on paper. 5×7
Keep checking back because I’ll inevitably just add more pictures to the end of this post rather than writing a new one each time.
As I’ve gotten older, (and perhaps a bit more Boulder-esque) I’ve grown to appreciate holidays for spending time with family/friends and not the commercial aspect. Don’t get me wrong– I like giving gifts, but now I prefer to make gifts as to buying things since it means a whole lot more.
This year’s lot:
Gift for my Brother: Frankenstein and His Bride. 2013. Pencil on paper. 9×12.
Gift for my future sister-in-law: Cat’s Squirrel. 2013. Acrylic on Canvass board.
This squirrel was actually was a lot of fun to paint! I poured myself a glass of wine (or two) and just went to town. Using a lot of paint on my brush I acted fast to be able to blend colors on the canvass. I love how this one turned out because it’s more “artsy” than my usual work.
Gift for my sister and brother-in-law: Sir Vance. 2013. Acrylic on canvass. 9×12.
I always love painting in black and white and enjoy it even more when it’s doing the folds of clothing. I heard how much my brother-in-law loved Carl so I knew I had to do a piece like that for Christmas, except with their cat, Vance.
Flatirons. 2013. Acrylic on canvass sheet. 18×20 (?)
I’ve always wanted to paint the flatirons, but have never had the motivation to attempt them. They may look simple, but are actually very challenging especially since I see them every day and haven’t perfected painting rock yet. I thought the flatirons would be a good choice as a gift for my parents. Perhaps it’ll motivate them to visit some time.
We’ve been slow at work. Normally when bored at work, I peruse the internet looking for inspiration. Last week I decided that a better idea would be to exercise my skills and sketch. So I grabbed some scratch printer paper, a bic pen, and a couple pictures I plan on painting eventually.
“Ridge line Scout” 2013. Ballpoint pen on paper
“Colorado Daydream” 2013. ballpoint pen on paper.
“Skier’s Climb”. 2013. Ballpoint pen on paper
“Skinning” 2013. Ballpoint Pen on paper.
“Powder Trees” 2014. ballpoint pen on paper. 8×11
“Summit Selfie” 2014. Ballpoint pen on paper. 5×7
February Daydreaming. 2014. Ballpoint pen on paper. 5×7
Stay tuned for more sketches and eventually paintings based on these pictures.