I’ve always tried to stay away from posting images that appear flat and just seem to lay there. One of the first things I do is bump up the contrast ever so slightly. With some images that’s more than enough while others require a more aggressive approach. It seems with the right effort and imagination even the most basic snapshot can be transformed into something remarkable.
The following photograph was originally taken in the bright noon sun…
The stupidity of the human race never ceases to amaze me. The guidelines for avoiding contracting & spreading the coronavirus are basic and easy to understand yet, given a choice, so many decide to do otherwise then act surprised when they end up ill with the virus.
It’s not all that difficult, folks!
Provided we all remain diligent until the pandemic is under control many of us can live long and productive lives. It just seems a multitude of morons can’t think that far ahead.
I’m one of the caregivers for an older couple, one with advanced Alzheimers the other battling Cancer, so there’s no room for error or compromise when it comes to this worldwide health crisis. If I contract COVID-19 then I might as well start planning and saving money for this couple’s funerals. Fairly basic logic there.
Just stick with the guidelines and remain guarded until doctors and health officials give us the approval to begin resuming more relaxed practices. It’s the least we all could do.
I am really starting to miss painting on a daily, or near daily, basis. Late 2020 there was definitely a feeling of burnout setting in as my 27/7 efforts were largely centred around marketing efforts for the many works completed. Likely only 10% of my time was being utilized for actual art creation.
The endless lists of art shows, competitions & publications worldwide was exhausting but necessary. As ideal as dedicating all my time just towards art creation is an unrealistic ideal.
With a few months off from the that usual grind I’m now starting to look towards a new year of creation and building on all the 2020 efforts. Likely there won’t be regular days of actual painting again until late April as half the process for creating such works requires ventilation and plenty of indirect sunlight.
Certainly until my schedule resumes there’s more than enough to keep me busy and I’m always looking forward to the odd unseasonably pleasant day whenever it comes along. There are always the basic supplies on hand for whenever the opportunity arises.
It’s not often I attempt food photography and even less frequent make any serious attempt. Armed with my trusted iPhone the results are often debatable and highly questionable. Although I have no business being anywhere near the world of food preparation occasionally I’m a tourist snapping the odd photo.
Presented here may be my most credible venture into food photography so be kind in any possible critique. My ego bruises easily. 🤣
Interestingly enough my art rarely reflects actual people. There’s the odd suggestion or even a rough outline but that’s as far as it gets. It’s likely because do much of my efforts have been directed towards the abstract and exploring whatever the eye can’t readily see.
My foray into photography during the off season from painting have allowed me to explore that world with a great deal of amazement. The variety of styles and subject matters has almost left me speechless. There’s no inclination to switch from painting over but the adventure so far has been good to recharge the batteries.
I should be ready to display the first painting of 2021 in several weeks time once I’m almost sure it’s completed. Ironically enough I’ll have to photograph the finished work to post it anywhere.
Here’s a picture taken a few years ago of a man seated smoking in Hamburg, Germany. What I wouldn’t give to find out what he was thinking at that very moment.
Given the snowfall and cold temperatures so many of us have to endure lately perhaps reposting this image may be appropriate. It was originally intended as a background to be developed into a more complex painting later but after looking throughout the drying process the decision was made to leave it as is. I was hoping it would stand out from the countless “pour” or “splatter” paintings flooding the art scene lately but time will tell regarding the success of that aspect.
It was created around mid-summer but held under wraps until close to mid-December to be showcased around the holiday season. Sometime timing is everything in life and certainly art is no exception.
Abstract painting is what I consider my primary calling which consumes much of the time available. Between creating, communication & aggressive marketing it can be an all-consuming effort for much of the year. Like many, I’d prefer to be simply creating works and doing little else but reality comes creeping in and the issue of public exposure and sales demand attention. It would take volumes of blog posts to outline the exhaustive efforts required to gain even the slightest attention in todays’ art world. Rather that bore everyone with that what do you say we get on to the featured work of the hour?
Thought now would be a good time to show everyone what I do throughout the more hospitable months of the year. As soon as the weather warms up and the sun is high I’m occupied outdoors half the time working on a canvas or two. Usually the pattern is earlier layers of any given work are created indoors then allowed a minimum two weeks to dry. Then it’s out where the indirect sunshine works best and each painting is eventually finished. Overall the effort pays off despite mounting uncertainty at times during the project.
The above gem measures 36″ wide by 48″ tall. The effect of color in combination with imagery worked out well for this final effort late 2020.