Monday, January 11, 2010

Architectural bits

A few of the more-successful sketches from an intro architecture class. We had to go around the city and draw buildings throughout the semester, which was loads of fun. Until the cold weather kicked in. This will probably be the last update for a while, because I'm out of new work.

Guess the buildings -

Friday, January 8, 2010

a Prussian blue period

Finally got around to taking an oil painting class last fall. For some reason I was incredibly attached to my tube of prussian blue - it takes over every painting. Hit prussian blue overload by the final piece (the second one down). Putting away oil paints for a while.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Christmas things

I spent two days at home over the break. To celebrate the sheer amount of space I suddenly had access to, I bought a few yards of raw canvas to do something for Christmas. Used oil paint and somehow expected to finish in less than 48 hours. Instant regret before the end of the first day. An entire bottle of liquin later...

I'm not so sure about its artistic merit, but it was so much fun to do.

Process shot -
Torn pages of old art books, art college pamphlets from high school, bits of rediscovered sketches.

From last year...

Final from first drawing class at Columbia. At the time I was at a loss for ideas, so I borrowed lines from a friend's books as starting points. I have no idea about the context of these quotes, or even the books from which they came. (Although I suspect that Joseph Conrad and HG Wells are among them.)

"Our life is essentially a tragic one, so we refuse to take it tragically."

"She felt the bones of the tree running out like ribs from a spine this way and that. She liked to think she was riding the back of the world."

"And as I did so, a Morlock came blundering towards me, and past me, and went on straight into the fire."

"Actual life is full of false clues and signposts that lead nowhere."