March 29, 2009

My Career and Lifestyle Vision Board

In the photo to the left you will see a Vision Board I put together recently to manifest a new career path and resulting lifestyle that I would like to lead. My idea for the Vision Board came after seeing success expert John Assaraf relating his story of using Vision Boards to achieve his dreams in the best-selling DVD documentary The Secret.

So what is a Vision Board?

A Vision Board is simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. It consists of a poster or foam board with cut-out pictures, drawings and/or writing on it of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become. The purpose of a Vision Board is to activate the law of attraction to begin to pull things from your external environment that will enable you to realize your dream. By selecting pictures and writing that charges your emotions with feelings of passion, you will begin to manifest those things into your life. Interestingly, the board is suppose to activate the reticular activating system in your brain (RAS). This is a selective attention filter that makes you aware of daily things that can help you achieve your goal. But, it’s your job to take action on those opportunities when they present themselves.

My Vision Board breakdown.

The top half of the board contains visuals of the fine art career I am manifesting as I write this. My goal is to become a successful professional artist, painter, and teacher with the time and resources to travel the world and make a difference in the lives of others. Of course, I’d like to have a beautiful wife and children to share my life with and a coastal house to inspire me and provide me with a healthy, relaxing lifestyle.

Tell me about your vision board by commenting below.

March 23, 2009

Stephanie on Purple Chair

My latest three-hour figurative sketch.

March 16, 2009

Ellen in Repose

My latest 3-hour figure sketch of red headed model and artist Ellen.

March 3, 2009

Last pose at Studio Incamminati Portrait Workshop

I have posted my four finished works (below) from this class but wanted to highlight the various stages of finish that each 3-hour session produces toward a final image. My hope is that you and I see the progression (warts and all) during this process.

Night 1) Tonight the pose and vantage point is excellent. I am painting on a lead primed linen canvas that is 16 x 16” square. Not your typical portrait size canvas, but I wanted to try something different and focus on the face while deemphasizing the neck and shoulder area. Stephanie is our model and has an elegant face. The model is lit from above with warm light producing a flow of cool shadows down the face. I struggle to paint on this new awkward surface. My paint won’t seem to stick and I am hoping that next week, with some oil paint down, that painting on top of it will be easier.
Night 2) Tonight was easier as far as paint application. I used a medium comprised of a mix of one part linseed oil, one part damar varnish and five parts turpentine. Primarily, I worked on further refining the head and feature shapes, skin tone values and cool shadow values. Next week, I'll add more detail in the eyes. The model has light blue eyes and the left eye is in light so it will be cool to make this a focal point. 3) Tonight, I spent most of the time making sure the color values were correct on the face. This stage involves a lot of relating of values and picking the right color for those values. For instance, what is the value/color of the shadow under her lip and how does that value/color compare to the value/color of the background? This is where the rubber meets the road for a good painter and one that can trip up the less experienced. I realized that it is important to step back a lot and look at the painting vs. the model. You can't spend too much time noodling details or you will lose what's great about the big picture! 4) As you can imagine, the final night is all about the details and scrambling to finish unfinished areas like the background and subject's clothing. I am satisfied with the final result and progress I've made in this class. I also took some pictures of the model so I'll compare a blown up picture to the final painting to see where I may have strayed. You can see all of my finished paintings from this portrait class in the post below.

March 2, 2009

Open Studio at Studio Incamminati

From Left to Right:

Phase 1: Initial drawing, proportions, grisaille, and block-in of skin tones and prop (Greek column).

Phase 2:
Block-in the values of the left side background, refine shadow behind figure, suggest the shadow and lights on the Greek column, and further refine the figure skin tones and head values.

Open Studio, run by my friend and Studio Incamminati student artist Farley Craig, is a 3-hour figure study course run by the school every Sunday from 1-4 pm. Students pay $10 per session or you can buy a cheaper punch card for 10 sessions.

On one side of the studio is a model set up for a one day. On the other, the pose lasts over three consecutive sessions. I have chosen to do the three session side and have posted the 1st and 2nd days progress to the left.


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