Tonight I met with an artist friend Loretta to spend some creative time together. I've mentioned in the past that I want to do a Vanitas painting, so using watercolors, I created a study of a baby's skull. I will definitely use it as one of my props when it comes to completing the oil version.
Tonight I met with my artist friend, Loretta and we both worked on projects with the theme of "Dream". I created using watercolor paints, while she worked with richly-colored pastels.
Puttered around a bit, then got to work mixing some paint mediums. I also routered the edge of a small wooden panel I created.
I must admit, I'm a bit nervous about oil painting again, for I haven't touched the medium since 2005! I can't believe it's been that long ago!
The other night I worked on a leg painting and did not like the results. I worked on it more tonight.
I decided to try using my Rapidograph ink pens to make the drawing and then fill in with watercolor. I really hate the results, so I'll work on it more another night.
First I worked on a second test painting for the dissected legs.
Then I added more latex tubing to my ongoing sculpture/installation.
On the other leg painting that is a lot more transparent, I made a decision that I liked the edges painted white rather than black. So I repainted.
I also drew a pattern for a color checker on some basswood.
Finally, I sorted my paints again to make a limited palette. This is suggested by the Austin, Texas teacher, Mark Calder. I really like his free instructional videos.
Finally, I carved a torch, which can be really physical using the drawknife. After I made it, realized that the handle was way too long, so I cut it to the right length and reattached the end.
Today was the reopening of the Randall Museum. A sketcher's group decided to attend and I joined them.
I'm painting a test and really like the transparency. I had planned on creating an impasto effect, so I'm starting another test.
Today I sorted and cleaned up my oil paints. I threw many away that had dried up. I'm getting ready to paint an anatomy picture of a dissected leg.
I also painted some small wood panels to prepare for smaller paintings.
I jumped out of bed tonight, grabbed a sketchbook and pencil, and drew my hand. This impulsiveness sometimes overcomes me–the intense desire to do something creative.
Spent New Year's Eve with a group of artists and we all took turns drawing in a community sketchbook.
My nephew, Zane and I completed this small collaged artwork for my friend's birthday. We tag teamed by working for 10 minutes a piece. After several rounds using strips of white paper, magazines, glue, acrylic paint, and watercolor paint, the piece was finished.
Today I took a much needed break to the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate park and after taking a bunch of flower pictures, spread out on a blanket and drank my coffee. I then badly painted a flower, but regardless, it was extremely relaxing. Afterwards, the sun started to quickly set and I frantically took a ton more pictures of flowers.
Today I worked for quite some time in my art studio. I started by painting shellac onto the ends of drink skewers that I made from recycled magazines and wooden stirrers.
I then gessoed over a painting I really don't like.
Then I performed an experiment by gold leafing the end of a stick and lighting it on fire. I was surprised that the metal leaf burnt up.
While searching for the branch in the backyard, I slipped and fell. I spend some time afterwards photographing my wounds.
I spent a few hours today at my studio working on an armature for an upcoming sculptural project. Although, it will not ever be seen in the final piece, I really like the way it looks. I also disassembled an old art piece of mine.
After collaging all day, my friend Nikki and I headed over to Spring Open Studios at Blue Studios. This will be the last one due to the building being taken over by office spaces. There was a giant canvas that was a joint project and I decided to take it over.
Here is what the canvas looked like before and after:
I spent the holiday making arts and crafts with my two nephews. We worked on color wheels, hot pads, paintings, and stuffed toys.
Today I visited the free day for the Academy of Science and it was very, very packed. I took many pictures of the skull exhibit and sketched for a short time. The proportions on the sketch are really off, but it was extremely relaxing and meditative, despite the chaotic loudness around me.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.