Inspiration in the figure

I found a wonderful spot to paint that has quickly become my favorite open figure painting group. Patris Gallery and Studio is an unassuming brick building in the up and coming Oak Park neighborhood. Walking inside however, one is struck by the wonderful figurative work hanging on the walls. The high ceiling and sky lights open the room and provide a relaxing place to view art and paint. Every Friday a group of artist join together to paint from a live model. Getting two poses into a three hour time period proves to be a challenging and energetic setting. Below are some pictures from last weeks paint session. Enjoy the process and come join me next time to "make art, be art, buy art!" 

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The Creative Process

This last weekend I had the pleasure of participating in Sacramento's 2nd Sat. Art Walk. It was a great time with many local supporters coming out and enjoying the art, music, and food. While people streamed in and out of my studio I had the pleasure of walking them through my process. Many artist work differently. Just as a chef has his recipes and order of mixing food to make his own unique creation, artist too, have techniques and different ways to approach the canvas. 

Block in Stage Mother and Child

Block in Stage Mother and Child

Slowly building layers and details

Slowly building layers and details

Generally I start with a line drawing of my subject on the canvas with oil paint. Using a small brush and neutral color paint, I draw the major shapes and observations of the image I am using. This also applies if I am painting from life. Next, I block in the value pattern. After I have the main shapes blocked in, I move around the painting, adding layers and slowly build the details. This process can go on for a long time. Towards the end I slow down and really take time to contemplate the piece. There might only be one or two final strokes, but the placement is crucial to the piece.