Modern Art

Seascape 8: Waves

I'm trying to capture the magic of Impressionism more and more with these little seascapes. They are becoming freer every time, and I dig how they almost look like abstract paintings when looked at up close but reveal themselves when looked at from a distance.

Seascape 8, Oil on Wood Panel, 8 x 8 inches, 2011

I love the combination of oils, bristle brushes and wood panels! These seascapes are so rich in texture and color. And they look pretty cool, too! I definitely like where these paintings are taking me. I love realistic work but I also love modern and more synthesized approaches of representation. These are paintings after all! Let's see the strokes, the textures, the purity of the pigments. There's plenty of room on this blog for all of it!

And of course, there are some more realistic paintings in the works, too!

Getting back on the groove

There are a few unfinished canvases and boards around my studio. While deciding what to tackle first, I painted this little thing over the weekend!

Floral, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 16 in. 2011.

I tried to paint it as fast as possible. After all, I was trying to do something quick and fun before I get back to my existing, more technical projects. So, this painting was all about a set palette. Yellow, orange and blue.

Everything else was improvised on the fly. It is nice to keep it fresh, simple and as interesting as possible.

It's good to be back!

Floral, 40'x 30', Acrylic on Canvas, 2011.

I finally finished school. It's been three intense years. No summer breaks at all!!! Between school and work it's been difficult to keep painting (which is why I started this blog), but I think I have kind of kept my word and painted as often as possible!

I graduated last Friday and started painting right away. After all, it's not the first time I graduated from college (I know what it feels like), so after the ceremony we grabbed a quick bite and came home right away. I had all my stuff lined up and decided to paint something based off a sketch I did earlier in the year.

The main difference between this and my other flower paintings is its size. At 40 x 30 inches, it is considerably larger than my average quick project. It is also painted with acrylics (my quick projects are painted with oils), which always represents a little bit of a challenge. When I first started painting these, around 2002, there was no way I could have done them this good this fast, so even though I have not had a lot of time to practice, I have still grown and matured as an artist. Phew! That's a relief!

Anyway, I can't wait to pick up where I left off. Here's to some more paintings!

Seascape 7: In Evening Air

Seascape 7, Oil on Board, 8 x 8 inches, 2011.

Not so long ago, I arranged a piece for a string quintet. It was a solo piano work by Aaron Copland, titled "In Evening Air". So, I decided to pair it with a sunset beach painting!

I've been wanting to create a little painting demo for quite some time now. I am glad I'm finally getting it done. I hope this was not the last one.