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Internet Flowers

I’m happy to be regain my online presence and see many users from around the globe look at my posts and like them. I’ve received new commissions and requests of older artworks, which is great since I’ve moved to New York City.

This summer, I will be working on a series of digital artworks showcasing flowers. I’ve chosen this medium because of how new and fresh it is to create flowers and enhance their textures, colors, and details with a digital brush. I will be calling this series “Internet Flowers.”

As always, these artworks are buyable in prints, ranging in size. The size for these prints are either 8.5 x 11″ or 11 x 17″.

Internet Flowers
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Internet Flowers

Digital artwork of black and yellow flowers on beige background.

$100.00

Internet Flowers
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Internet Flowers

Digital Artwork of pink and purple flowers with green and orange lines indicating leaves and stems.

$100.00

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One week of strange visions

I’m over 1/6th through my 60 day challenge. How has it been? Oh it has been a rocky road. I always knew that x day challenges are a back breaker for me. Posts won’t come in the same time everyday, some days I won’t get to draw anything and there will be too many merges for the days lost. But, I didn’t give up on it altogether. I’ve found a perfect hour to paint or draw. Right after lunch.

But this challenge has been so weird I’m surprised at my daily visions.

I did these digitalized black pencil drawings of mountains for days 5 & 6.

Digital art of white and black streaks on a white background.

And this strange field for day 7. Again, a digital artwork. I liked the negatives I created without assigning any meaning to it. Just a few possible visions. At this point I think I was refreshing my mind for new images I could create. And next? A canoe.

Soft pastel drawing of a canoe stuck in snow.

I was truly starving for inspiration at this point. And I turned to pastels, which is quite a change for me! I drew this piece inspired by John Harney’s beautiful photograph.

And for days 9, 10 & 11, I tried painting the same image in my head with different color palettes.

So far, I’ve found this challenge very rewarding. I think I’m learning more because of how much I want to create in a specific time frame. My favorite work so far is the watercolor painting from day 9. I just love the subtle pink and varied brushstrokes. But I’m also daydreaming of that canoe.

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Ice rink surface

That’s it. I wanted to ice skate but I couldn’t, so I felt like touching the surface of an ice rink. See you tomorrow!

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A day in the park

It’s been a while since I’ve been to Central Park or even seen snow because of where I live. But I always enjoy watching videos of children and puppies playing in the snow. This year, it’s been extraordinarily virtual, but in a good way. I’m glad such an option is still feasible.

For the second day of my 60 day challenge, I’ve chosen to continue the black pencil streak and see where it takes me. Unsurprisingly, it took me to Central Park. There were children with parents, dogs, the elderly, and lots of snow. I also went to the ice rink to skate a little bit. But then I got so tired I fell into the pond.

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First day

I imagined the first day of my 60 day challenge to be the hardest. I announced yesterday in my recent post that I will be doing a challenge to help me pass time in peace. It’s been difficult focusing on life and keeping track of time, let alone painting on a fixed schedule. But I found this challenge to be on a good start.

As I said in my post, the first artwork will be a black pencil drawing inspired by the Fauves. I’m not sure if it matches the picture I had in my head, but it is inspired by the things I’ve been experimenting with lately. And there is even one more thing that will add to its quirkiness: it’s digital. I broke almost all the rules there were when I began playing with fauvism in watercolor. But the way I see it, fauvism is all about breaking the rules. So why not go back to the basics to redefine the rules?

Here is the digital drawing I made.

Digital black pencil drawing of a river, or a road with rocks on and around it.
River or road, Multimedia, 5×5, 2021.

I’ve been realizing how much I paint and draw the things I don’t particularly like when I’m out of the picture. It’s like my hand automatically designs skies and bodies of water. It’s not that I’m against painting nature; I just don’t see myself in the pictures I create. And I’d like to be able to enjoy every scene I’m making. So this time, I thought of expanding the possibilities of the vision. Is this a digital demonstration of a river? Are the black areas rocks on a road? I may never know. But I feel like I want to dive into the drawing. Don’t you?

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Revivals

Pierre Boncompain’s flowers living in the modern age

There’s always a freshness to a vase of flowers trapped in a painting. Sometimes it’s the colors, or its the petals, the leaves, the vase, the strokes. Everything can make a difference in the scenery of a flower being displayed, even at the slightest amount. But this particular painting of Pierre Boncompain is one I’d like to analyze.

Pierre Boncompain, Valence, 1938

I’d like to stick with the color palette. It’s a light and monochromatic palette that plays with the hues of the same colors. But the contrast is there. The yellow flowers easily dominate the frame against the white vase and cream surface.

Now what would I do to Boncompain’s flowers if I were to keep them today, and trap them in my own painting? First, I’d take them out of the vase. Not that flowers aren’t in vases anymore, I’d just like to see flowers in petal to stem yellow. What would I do for the background? An unclean contrast. I think the pollution of today would have a place in my painting. And that’s pretty much it. I have a background with a bouquet of flowers; tulips that is.

I did this drawing using soft pastels. I wanted to keep some the contrast between the white color and the yellow from Boncompain’s work. So I left some of the paper untouched.

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Grayscale

I pass time with grayscale moments. Like when I’m waiting for my hair to grow back, I draw something like this that depicts my cut hair. It may come back. Not just my hair, but those moments that seemed simple when they were the present. It will eventually, but I like to think my hair will grow faster.

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Pencils and starting again

The title says it for the most part. I find some art blocks to be harder to overcome than others, which is why I take a break from color and begin with pencils and charcoals again. Not a specific art style, not a specific aim but to find inspiration as I keep my hand moving with art. Here’s a self-portrait that reminds me of sketches I would do in high school.

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Linear continuation

I didn’t begin this year with a new year’s resolution. I’m not one to commit to something when it’s attached to the concept of time. I haven’t tried any 100 day challenges either. But I like to begin everyday with a project that will give me an experience I can build on.

I’ve realized that I’m gradually tiptoeing away from blending colors. My bubble journey toward Fauvism has showed me what I really want to do with my artistic abilities. However, experimenting with an art style sometimes hides the reasons behind an artistic expression. I say that because I’m far from reaching my own unique style that will be firm for the years to come.

In this drawing, I used colored pencils. As I mentioned in my most recent revival, I’m running out of art supplies but I’m not intending on purchasing new ones due to my moving. But I’m still trying to color straight from the tube, or pan, or pencil- if you will. Up to this point, I worked with the rounded brushstrokes with watercolors. It surprised me how much I liked that expression. I liked the way the white paper decorated the colors and round strokes. But this time I thought of something that would continue that decoration differently.

It’s interesting how much a small difference can change the outcome of an idea.

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Breaking the rules

One of the most amazing artists I know taught me an incredible but essential element of composition. I’m not going to mention it because it doesn’t apply to this painting, but his teaching made me think about my bubble journey in Fauvism.

He told me “now it’s okay if you’re going to break the rules, but that shouldn’t be the case always.” Then a thought popped in my head. I have to know the rules first in order to break them. That’s why so many pioneers went from a strict art form and then gradually stepped toward another. They broke the rules of the art form they were committed to because they knew how it should have been done.

I’m on another ride. I’m only learning and exploring at the same time as I try to commit to an art style, or an artistic bubble that won’t pop anytime soon. Oh well, I have a long time to discover that.