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.
I was going to attend the free figure drawing class tonight, but felt really tired. Instead, I decided to stay home and enjoy the last moments of sunshine coming in my apartment and draw my hand. So I pulled my supplies out and next thing I knew, I was organizing all the pastel kits I have into similar colors.
Had a nice day drawing and painting with my nephews.
Both of my nephews, Ethan and Zane Richards completed three drawings where we each started for 10 minutes and then continued to switch for decreasing amounts of time. Here are our finished sketches:
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.