Monthly Archives: August 2013

more cambodia.

The Cambodia painting is coming along quite nicely. I’ve added most of the detail along the ground plane. Now, it it’s time for one of my favorite parts: adding detail to the walls of the ruins. It’s kind of slow going, as I have to do some research as to what type of relief will appear Cambodian. Like the Indian painting, I love adding these delicate details. Overall, I’m very excited about the progress.

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more watercolor.

I learned about a wonderful book while taking my class at the art museum. It’s entitled ‘Water Paper Paint’, by Heather Smith Jones. Annnnd I love it.

The book is filled with all kinds of projects for the creative person. You don’t have to be an artist to do any of this stuff. As for me, I plan on trying out every project in here. There are many pages of basic information that preface the projects. So if you are not familiar with watercolor, Jones tells you everything you need to know before getting started.

I was mesmerized by one project in particular. It’s a study in pattern, color, and working with brushes of different sizes. It’s a series of glassy blobs, tied together with black dots. I know it sounds a little crazy. But here are the results….

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I love it so, so much that I am exploring a series. These are not difficult to complete and therefore, inexpensive to create. I think I will get a bunch of them framed to sell for Christmas. Believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg with this book. I plan on experimenting with more projects in the future. I highly recommend this book for any creative spirit.

re-discovering watercolor

Throughout high school, I painted with watercolors all the time….really, that’s about all I used. I loved the watery texture. However, I also learned to control my paint such that it almost resembled the consistency of acrylics. I did all kinds of on site competitions and entered many exhibitions to showcase my abilities.

Even though I was a prolific artist in school, I realized that I needed a more technical, focused degree to build a career after college. That path was Landscape Architecture. My minimum requirement of course hours to graduate was hefty {162 hour minimum to be exact}. Although I took tons of design classes, fine art had to take a back seat.

To make a very long story very short, when I left my 8 to 5 design job to pursue art, watercolor was a skill I was eager to recapture. If you’ve ever tried it before, you know it isn’t easy. And just as with anything else, it takes tons of practice.

Needless to say, I was pretty rusty. To sharpen my rusty skills, I enrolled in a beginning art class at our local art museum. It’s a very basic class. However, it’s given me some foundational elements that I was missing when I first started. It’s awakened my enthusiasm for the medium again. My plate is full of acrylic paintings right now. But, I am also making a lot of room for watercolor. I’m excited to begin some new projects and see where they go!

It just comes down to the fact that sometimes, you need a little continuing education. Like any other field, there are always new techniques to learn….and old concepts to brush up on. If you find yourself lost, or in a creative rut sign up for one of these classes. At first glance, it may seem redundant. But, I can assure you, something can always be learned.

Below are the results of my class.

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first friday

Today is First Friday on Paseo! For those of you unaware, The Paseo is a quirky arts district nestled in the lower northwest side of Oklahoma City. Back in the day, it was the hang out for Oklahomas’ counter culture….you know, hippies. Long after the hippies grew up to be squares, the neighborhood fell into a sort of disrepair. The area surrounding the ‘main drag’ of quaint, brightly colored stucco buildings, was known for violence. Many people were mugged, robbed, and all sorts of other horrible things. To make a very long story really short, a combination of the influx of development, new business, and concerned community members helped to put the district on a course correction for better things.

Today, The Paseo is a vibrant artist community filled the galleries, restaurants, open space, and activities. One such activity is ‘First Friday Gallery Walk’. All the art galleries stay open until 10pm to exhibit work from local and national artists. My favorite part is that most galleries feature a specific show for First Friday. So, you’ll see brand new work at most galleries.

I’m particularly excited about my gallery, though. Our renovations are complete. The retail section is already doing great. A beautiful show hangs in the anterior space, ready to be received by the public. I hope it’s packed! If you’re local, please come visit us on Paseo. I promise you’ll be hooked!

Current show {FRINGE: Reverie} at AKA Gallery for First Friday

Current show {FRINGE: Reverie} at AKA Gallery for First Friday

hello cambodia.

IMG_2195The newest painting in my ‘travel-inspired’ series takes us to Cambodia. I had it in my head that the next painting would be something Balinese. But lately, I’ve been sort of obsessed with the ruins of Angkor in Cambodia. It is an ancient capital city containing sprawling complexes of temples.

My fascination with the site began with a recent National Geographic article comparing the state of the city today, compared to its glory days. The article also showcased beautiful images of ruined temples. Despite the fact they are crumbling, you can still see a lot of finite detail in the walls. They are delicate networks of small rooms that are now exposed to the elements. At one time, the reliefs were probably painted in bright colors. The coolest part though, are the ancient Ficus trees. In the United States, these trees are a far cry from their Asian ancestors. You can see some decent sized Ficus in tropical climates like Florida. However, they are miniature compared to the ones you see in a place like Taiwan.

After many, many years of abandonment, the Ficus trees took back the temple walls. In many cases, the root system of the tree has actually become the wall. Just to give you an idea, I found an example on a computer wallpaper website.

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Just incredible. So this is the next one in the series. Just like with the India painting, I’ll post updates. I have something really cool in store for this one. But, I won’t ruin the surprise. This series includes paintings of places I’ve been and places I dream of seeing. Out of every place I’d like to capture, Angkor is definitely one of the places I absolutely must see for myself.

I hope you enjoy dreaming about it as much as I do.