Beloved Festival 2018

Tidewater, here I come! 

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I'm super excited to announce that I will be joining the live-paining crew at Beloved this year. I'll be up on the painting stage creating something new and exciting from scratch. You'll also be able to find a few works for sale in the gallery as well as merchandise in the store. I even have a new surprise item I'm working hard to finish just in time for the event. 

It's a real honor to be included in such a beautiful festival among so many creative and loving souls. Seriously, I can't wait!

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"Water Spirit" Time Lapse

Here's a time lapse video I made over the course of 5 long days (about 60 hours total) working on this painting from the very start. It is meant to be a companion piece to the "Forest Spirit" painting I made a couple weeks before. I started without any real concept or sketches, I only knew it needed to match the spontaneity and looseness of the Forest Spirit. This proved to be very challenging! You can see in the video how many times I had to rework the face before I found what I was looking for. So here it is, 60 hours compressed into a minute and a half! 

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Water Spirit Painting Progress

I've spent 4 long days painting a companion piece to my Forest Spirit painting. I have at least one more day to go on her but so far I like where this one ended up. It has been very challenging to try and match the spontaneity and ease of The Forest Spirit. I've been making a time lapse video of the whole piece starting with a blank canvas so when I post that you'll see what I mean. Lots of editing! Anyway, these are both works in progress...

 Water Spirit, Forest Spirit 24x36, acrylic on canvas

Water Spirit, Forest Spirit 24x36, acrylic on canvas

The Observer: Nearing completion

After many months of development this giant painting is finally nearing completion. This was one of those paintings that gets off to a quick start and then sits around the studio for ages. I do that often, especially with overly complicated paintings. Anyway, I started this last year (around October I think, if not earlier). I worked on it off and on for awhile and then got sick of it and put it on the back burner for about 4 months. The other day I finally found the inspiration to go back into it and finish it up. It still needs another day or two but the end is finally in sight! 

 "The Observer" Oil on canvas (approximately 6.5x4.5'

"The Observer" Oil on canvas (approximately 6.5x4.5'

Imagine Music and Arts Festival 2018

I'm very excited to be joining forces again this year with the folks at Imagine. I'll be painting under a tree somewhere and sharing some work in the gallery too! This is has been a highlight of my summer the last two years and I'm looking forward to making it a trilogy. And look at this beautiful art by Collin Elder!

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A Tribute to the Sun

I'm finally returning to my sun painting that I started at Lucidity Festival. This is a daunting piece and will take many hours to finish but I'm excited about what it can be...

 Working in the studio at Praxis Arts.

Working in the studio at Praxis Arts.

Concentration is Key

I've been spending some time working on this acrylic panther piece titled "Concentration". It's been sitting around the studio unfinished for too long. Time to concentrate on finishing it, hopefully in another day or two. 

 "Concentration" a work in progress...

"Concentration" a work in progress...

Georgetown Art Walk

Getting ready for the Georgetown art walk at Praxis this Saturday. Pretty much everything on this wall is from the last few weeks! Come by this weekend and see what we've been up to...

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I Am the Universe Tapestries!

I'm ordering some new tapestries and the first tests have arrived in the mail. These are of the painting "I Am The Universe", a painting from 2016. They will be about 32x64" and go for $100. As I'm preparing to order the first batch, who thinks they'd like to get one? I can offer them at a discount for pre-orders. Say $85 for pre-orders? Let me know by the end of this week. Thanks, and stay tuned for other designers as well. These look great and I'm super excited! 

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Golden Fluid Acrylic Love

I just want to give a nod to these paints which have been a game-changer for me starting last year. I was using Golden tube paints and getting the desired consistency while painting live was a hassle and never really quite produced the results I was looking for. Golden Fluid paints are the perfect consistency but still have full tinting strength, in other words they're not made by watering down tube paint, their pigment strength is the same as the tube paints yet they're not thick like tube paints and flow easily so you can quickly cover large areas and mix them easily. These combined with a nice big stay-wet palette are a dream. Golden Fluid acrylics have had such a strong influence on my painting that I'm starting to use these acrylic paints in the studio and might even prefer them over my oil paints. At least at the moment.

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I used to only work in oils but when I started live painting I had to learn how to use acrylic paint and it was a struggle at first but these are so much fun to use and I can achieve effects that would not be possible with oils, plus I can work FAST! Totally in love.

  

Keeping Busy

I spent the last week working on some smaller whimsical pieces, 5 to be exact. Here are a few, still in progress. When I start to feel like I'm stagnating on the large-scale serious oil paintings it's helpful to breakaway and have a little fun. 

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Anatomy of a Painting: Eye to Eye

This is my first attempt to create an art demo video. I'm was looking for a balance between brevity and yet still informative but maybe this is a tad rushed... This is not meant to be an in-depth instructional video but rather a quick overview of one process that I've used to make a painting. I rarely take all these steps but I think that this is a good method to explore and it can take some of the frustration out of painting if your normal approach is to just dive into a painting without any preparation. (which I do often!) Let me know what you think! 

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Eye to Eye, 2010
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The Forest Spirit: Time Lapse Painting

This video shows about 7 hours of painting today. I'm working in acrylic on canvas (30x40").

I started with the image in my head but didn't work with reference of any kind. This idea came from a vision I had about 4 months ago and at the time I made a quick sketch but this painting evolved away from that concept quite a bit. It was going to be an owl shaman, but this painting didn't retain a whole lot of owl energy. This is not finished, it will get another few hours of work at least before I call it done. 

And here is a still of the painting at the end of the day. 

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Coloring Book Project

The long anticipated coloring book project is underway! These are some rough early examples of what you might see on a page. I still have a lot of work to do but I hope to have this available for sale by this summer. Printing will be expensive so if you are feeling it, you can donate via PayPal to this cause. Use email moksua@mac.com. Donations of $10 or more guarantee you a copy of the book as soon as it is available! 

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