Sunday, June 17, 2007

Another Spray Can work

This is really just a practice piece, and is a little sloppy, but, gosh, this stuff really is fun. ...
I'd like to do ocean themes. Dolphins and whatnot. But the "space theme" is the easiest for the novice spray painter. ...
A lot of guys do this stuff and sell it on the street, and appear to do brisk business. A couple even do small ones for the party favor business, just like caricaturists. Hmm...
But a lot of these guys aren't really artists, I don't think. They just learned some simple techniques. I think my "artistic eye" will help if I pursue this medium further.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Spray Can Paintings

I've been experimenting with using spray paint (from cans, like you see in Home Depot, "Painters Touch" brand, I think) and the results are interesting. The support is just cheap posterboard, and I'm trying to combine markers and now acrylic with it. One can use stencils and various masking techniques, just like in airbrushing. Actually, that's what spray paint is, a version of airbrushing without the delicacy (but I'm finding there are ways to control and manipulate the spray which cannot be done so easily with the traditional airbrush). And this is a very FAST medium.... I've only done three paintings so far. The photo is of two of 'em; the other one sucked pretty bad.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

It's a miracle

Funny. Last night I actually started to have fun while drawing. I've always been TERRIFIED, if I were honest. But, last night, I was thinking of SPEED and STYLE and some such craziness, and then it happened. I felt that strange emotion of "play" and child-like items of the soul. Then, at one point, I drew a little boy, and the drawing ended-up very much like a portrait (which I didn't intend); and everyone behind me (a big crowd) were murmuring something, and finally a woman spoke up: "It's a miracle!" A warm wash flowed through my veins and I said "wow" and finished the drawing. Now, THAT is humbling.
I should never draw again. I'll never recapture that moment.

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.

That's a quote from Aristotle. It gives hope to those of us who are emotionally unstable. LOL.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Shoulder Problems

Man oh man, this might be bad. My shoulder has been bothering me a bit the last few months, but no big deal, right? Apparently, it IS a big deal, because last night it suddenly reached a new level of aching, and, sure enough, when I awoke this morning, the first thing I noticed was that my shoulder hurt. Right inside the joint. This might be bad. We'll see. I don't have insurance, or even much savings, so surgery would be impractical, if the situation warranted. We're in the busiest part of the year, the proving ground. If it holds out okay through the next two months, then, okay, I won't worry about it.