More Still Life studies



Couple of studies yesterday. More branches which I am enjoying looking at and a strawberry leaf. I really find all the moss and things growing on the branches fascinating. So yeah, I am the strange neighbor walking around his yard picking up sticks and looking at them for waaaaay to long.


Painterly Encaustic Techniques

I have experimented with various encaustic recipes, some worked, some didn't. Now I stick with the traditional recipe of beeswax and damar crystals. Note that this *very different* from damar *varnish* which contains solvents. Damar varnish should not be used in encaustics as it is highly flammable and can give off toxic fumes when heated! I have also had good luck with a mixture of beeswax and a colorless synthetic hardening wax (lustre wax from in about a 12:1 ratio of beeswax:synthetic.

Making a note here.

Leaves Fall and Crows Flee

This morning I went out to gather my thoughts and what is all that crunching under my feet?


Summer is coming to a close and thought this would make a interesting image.  I really enjoy the textures.  Just printed it out 17x17 on Canvas and I could not be happier with it.

Portland Vs Hawaii



The beaches in Portland are way nicer then Hawaii's. I submit the following photo evidence.

Discussion over.

I see no reason to ever go back now.



Soon after, you learn that most of the world doesn’t necessarily care about what you think. It sounds harsh, but it’s true. As Steven Pressfield said, “It’s not that people are mean or cruel, they’re just busy.” If there was a secret formula for getting an audience, or gaining a following, I would give it to you. But there’s only one not-so-secret formula that I know: “Do good work and put it where people can see it.”


Good read.

Number 10 is really good as well, "Creativity is subtraction."

A Conversation with Nadav Kander - Conscientious


NK: I think it’s a universal Western truth that we have a real problem thinking any lower than our head into how we feel about things. I think when we are always trying to make our brain do the work and separate a picture into why I like it or why I don’t and what are the reasons for it, it’s often as simple as that it touches me in an emotional place, in a place inside me that responds to this for whatever reason. Maybe the way I was brought up, maybe the way my parents were brought up. Who knows how far these things go? We all have a problem in knowing that.

Good art works on that level very, very well. Think of Rothko as an excellent example. There’s almost no information on the canvas, and people can sit in front of them for hours, with very, very strong feelings. So composition in itself and weight of composition and colour can give you very strong connections to you and your past. I think that probably explains it.