Compressed charcoal on paper. ~ 8″x10″

This is a studying face.  People hold very still when they concentrate.  The chin and neck of this drawing are a little squeezed but aside from that I think it’s pretty successful. It’s been a while since I tried my hand at a portrait.

It’s fun playing spot the differences in the top two.


Helicopters!

15Mar12

Some preparatory sketches for an upcoming painting.  I’m not sure what kind of decisions I’m going to make colour wise on this one. It might end up very colourful, or just tonal like these drawings.


A White Bird

04Feb12

I am currently working on an independent study that in which I am making a bunch of these wooden birds.  They are made out of two pieces of pine and are carved, sliced and then folded. The idea to work with them came to me as I was reading an essay by John Berger  which talks about how through this type of simple formulaic construction, elements of aesthetic beauty can be uncovered. What I am going to do with these birds is currently undisclosed, but when I finish the sculpture I will post the results.


Street Pigeons

03Feb12

4′ x5′ Oil on canvas

How and why do pigeons live in manufactured environments?

What parallels are there between humans and pigeons?


Lots of purple in this one. I’ve been getting mixed results about the green circle and the white dots on the side but the whole painting seems to hold together better than my previous one.


Back into large paintings again this semester.  This one is 5’x6′.  I have been experimenting with painting with a small foam paint roller. It works pretty well and its useful because I can layer thin coats of paint, but it also leaves strange patterns and a rippled effect. Sometimes it works out, but most of the time it creates a lot of unnecessary visual stimulation.  This set of stairs can be found at the back of a building on the Dalhousie campus. I think I chose it because it was so boring and still.


           

Here is my latest foray into glazing. I thought it might be interesting to work on something small and detailed after a semester of rather large and loose work.  The decision to take pictures after every session of painting came because this style of painting lends itself to process and I thought it would be interesting to see some sort of progression.   This painting took about two weeks to complete and each picture was taken after  one or two hours of work. I like the final painting, but it began to deviate from local colour a little bit at the end in aid of it being a painting.