2013 is almost out the door and I thought it would be fun to show a visual retrospective of my creative output over the past 12 months. A friend and former teacher of mine, Chris Koehler inspired me to take this year end tally- he does a very similar wrap up, although I confess that I do not keep as careful track as him in counting everything I make. Some paintings I have never photographed, and some are still under NDA contracts- but this is the bulk.
The studio images have a lot more chiaroscuro and deep darks. I also tend towards warmer colors when I’m compositing images out of photo reference and my own imagination.
Not every picture is a smashing success. It’s really quite sobering to look through these and think about what I want to do better. There is still so much to learn. But, I can be proud of the fact that I painted from life as much as I did. Gotta keep that up! Working in plein air techniques or from a live model seems to be a shot in the arm for reinforcing realism.
The famous Japanese painter Hokusai was famous for saying at the end of his career that he still had much to learn. Luckily, I’ve got a little more time and I’m truly looking forward to the never ending path that is the art process. Here we go 2014! May you be as inspiring and challenging as 2013- hopefully, more so!