Work in progress

"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'

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...

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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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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