Since the painting “Four Brothers” never made it to the intended party (a certain son decided to keep it rather than give it to his mother), I decided it’d be a good exercise to try painting this piece again.
Four Sons. 2016. Acrylic on Canvas. 8×10
This time around, I focused on creating more contrast between the shadows and highlights the folds of the clothing. It was definitely a fun piece up until I had to do the faces. But perhaps if I keep forcing myself to work on painting faces, I’ll get better at them.
Tenmile from Copper. 2016. Acrylic on canvass. 24×36
This view of the ten mile range is one of my favorite views from Copper Mountain ski resort. Every time I go to Copper, I take at least one picture of this view so it only makes sense to do a painting of it.
I started this piece in April 2015 and by June 2015, I hit a major painter’s block. Unable to decide how I wanted to complete this piece and unmotivated to figure it out I then let it sit, half completed, for an entire year until mid June 2016. After moving into a bigger home more conducive for painting, I was finally motivated to put my brush to canvass and once I made those initial strokes, the rest quickly fell into place.
Saturday Omelette Deconstructed. 2016
With our new “grown up” home, I’ve really been motivated to paint new pieces to hang in our kitchen and the breakfast nook. One Saturday morning I walked to the Michaels and picked up 6 little 4×4 inch stretched canvasses. (buy one get one free. yippee!).
When I’m not out in the mountains, I love to make big breakfasts on the weekends (which usually consist of breakfast burritos or omelettes). So I took the ingredients we tend to use the most and highlighted each one singularly on its own canvass. I’m particularly proud of the mushroom in this series because it best captures the brush strokes and movement I was going for.
These were so much fun to do that I think if I can keep finding these little canvasses for cheap, I’ll branch out into a bunch of different foods/kitchen objects.
I’ve been wanting to work on being loser/more liberal with my brush strokes and color usage and less focused on details/realism. One morning I instagramed my avocados. Turns out, the light and simplicity of the photo served as a good source of inspiration for trying out this different style. I was determined to be more free and have obvious brush strokes, really working at not blending the colors too much. I wanted to really focus on the movement of each stroke and colors rather than what avocados look like realistically.
Avocados. 2016. Acrylic on Canvass. 12×12
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.
Crested Butte. 2016. Acrylic on Canvass.11×14
Jolie. 2016. Acrylic on Canvass 8×10.
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 had Monday off of work and needed to fill an empty spot in my new office. So I made a full french press, turned on netflix, and managed to complete this piece. Not my best work, but it’s a good start/warmup to a ski lift collection.
Copper SkiLift No. 1. 2016. Acrylic on Canvass. 11×14
Calvin & Hobbes for my Winter Companion. 2015. Acrylic on canvas. 9×11
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.
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