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
Oil on board

 

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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Gong Bath at Praxis Arts

We were treated to a gong bath by Wayne Marto of Beneficial Sound this past Friday night. For a full hour the other-worldly sounds of Wayne's 8 planetary gongs filled Praxis and resonated deep in our bodies for hours afterwards. Feeling a tad creative, we stuck around after for a little art jam!

It went so well in fact that we want to have at least one a month. The next gong bath will be May 27th. Stay tuned for an official announcement.

 Time for a gong bath! 

Time for a gong bath! 

Endless Experimentation

The last few days I've been in a casual mood, making small pieces without any real direction or goal in mind. I have more than a few large serious pieces calling my name but it's important to play around and today that feels right.

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8-Hour Painting Time Lapse

Here is an example of how a typical live painting might unfold. You never really know where a painting might take you! After I finished this video I worked on the painting for another couple hours. 

Below is a shot of the painting after 8 hours of work.
Yes, It is for sale! 20x23 Acrylic on canvas. $600
Hit me up if you're interested. 

 8 hour painting (mountain)

8 hour painting (mountain)

Lucidity 2018

My first experience at Lucidity in Santa Barbra was really really epic. What a magical gathering of beautiful people. I made so many new friends and started a couple new paintings that I hope to finish in the coming weeks.

Here is a peak at one of them that a friend captured with this beautiful photo. This painting is a tribute to the Sun, spring time and the renewal of life as a new cycle begins, and life springs forward after a period of dormancy. 

New Beginning

I've started a new YouTube channel!

Here is my first post, I'm basically just having fun with my new GoPro, learning how to create a time lapse video and all that. This little painting was made in about 5 hours or less. I'm working in acrylic on canvas here. The quick drying time of acrylic is important when live painting. 

I plan to do these time lapse paintings at least a couple times a month and the finished paintings will all be for sale immediately. Hit me up if you're interested in purchasing one. 

Speed Painting #1 Timelapse

Weekend Live Painting

I spent a few hours down here on Saturday and Sunday painting and talking to people who walked in off the street. This show comes down now and a new one os going up in May...more to come. 

 The Terrarium

The Terrarium

 Setting up in the window to draw people's attention

Setting up in the window to draw people's attention

 DJ booth...

DJ booth...

 Painting and getting some sunshine at the same time.

Painting and getting some sunshine at the same time.

Hanging out at the Terrarium tomorrow.

 The Terrarium before we hung a ton of art on the walls...

The Terrarium before we hung a ton of art on the walls...

I'll be hanging out here painting in the window like a goldfish. We have a temporary show up for this weekend only. Me and three other artists are sharing some work. The place should be open about 2-8pm, maybe later. We'll have some good tunes and vibes going when you arrive. Saturday and Sunday only! Cheers. 

2312 2nd Ave, Seattle.
For those of you who have been in Seattle for awhile, you may remember this as the old Roq La Rue gallery. 

 

Live Painting Last Night

Last night I painted at another EntsInTents event, Bloom! We set up in the old Roq La Rue building on 2nd and Bell and brought in 6 other painters and their art for the evening. I had started with an large circular birch board, a live painting from last year that I decided to paint over...after about 5 hours of steady work I think I like the new direction and plan to finish this in the studio, hopefully in the next few weeks.

Working on something new...

Here's a close crop of a new painting I started the other night. It's a big one! The piece is another in my series of experiments with organic, or abstract sacred geometry. I've decided to spend some more time this year working in acrylic instead of oils. I can work very quickly this way and studio safety isn't as much of an issue, which is important! Check out more progress shots on my instagram page. (link at the bottom of the page)

 Detail of my newest painting in progress

Detail of my newest painting in progress

Large new painting in the works: Messy Studio

Inspired by the events at the Cosmic Mirror Pre-party, Liminal Alchemy, I came home and started a new large painting yesterday. I'm thinking it looks a little like a bird of prey; descending on an unsuspecting planet...  

 A messy studio means work is getting done!

A messy studio means work is getting done!

Preparing the background for this weekend's live painting at Praxis Arts

I'm recycling an old surface as the starting point for this one. It was a painting that I started at Imagine Festival last year and didn't think it was worth finishing. There was a big elephant head floating in the middle that I blacked out last night and roughed in a few new lines over the top. At the event on Saturday I'll start to paint in a mask integrated with the geometric shapes of the background. 

Hope it goes better than the elephant did! It's always an adventure live painting without a hard plan.  

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