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Behind the Scenes: Painting “Owl in the Moonlight I”

Behind the Scenes: Painting “Owl in the Moonlight I”

My recent triptych painting, “Owl in the Moonlight I”, was a fun painting to create. I love the owl and wanted to do something fun with it so considering October is soon approaching, I thought something a little eerie would be appropriate. I started with the moon and worked my way out in layers of color until I got to black as I let the moon illuminate some of the skies along the way.

Owl in the Moonlight I Behind the Scenes - Part I

Keeping the three canvases together throughout the painting process, next, I toned down the moon a bit and gave it a little dimension with some gold tones and blended the skies a little more. Once the skies dried, I added the spooky, bare tree silhouettes and applied a little bit of charcoal gray color where the moonlight would naturally hit and illuminate the trees to give the trees a little bit of a three-dimensional feel.

Owl in the Moonlight I Behind the Scenes - Part II

The next step before any last painting touchups for me was painting in the owl on the tree branch. Although he is mostly a silhouette, I fanned a tiny bit of charcoal gray under his neck and at the tips of his wings just to give a little bit of depth to the bird.

Owl in the Moonlight I Behind the Scenes - Part III

For a fun touch to the painting, I affixed little white gems to the canvas where what the stars would be located so that the painting would have a little sparkle when a person walks by it. The last step is deciding if the painting is done and if it is, signing it.

Owl in the Moonlight I Behind the Scenes - Part IV

Viola!

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Behind the Scenes: Capturing the Art

Behind the Scenes: Capturing the Art

Behind the Scenes: Capturing the ArtI live in a tiny apartment above a pizzeria in Bronxville, NY and I’ve been painting new art almost every day lately. My tiny space couldn’t accommodate any more of my work so while I recently revamped my art website to include a shop, to additionally offer prints of some of my work for sale, and the ability to blog – I also decided to package up and move my completed works to storage until they sold. Prior to doing all of this, I photographed each artwork in high resolution so that I could create images for my website and have images to create prints as a budget-friendly alternative to my original artworks. This is a behind the scenes shot of how I shot my artwork using my new Paul C. Buff DB800 Digibees lighting gear.

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Using My Favorite Flower as Inspiration

Using My Favorite Flower as Inspiration

I love sunflowers. There’s just something about their round shape and bright yellow color that screams “happy!” So for my next triptych, I’m using sunflowers as my inspiration upon a deep violet, crimson, unbleached titanium, and parchment colored background. You can see the finished result on the Sunflowers Triptych I page.

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A Creator’s Mess…

A Creator’s Mess…

A creator’s mess is not really a mess for the creator but can sometimes look like one to the outsider looking in. I sometimes use my coffee table to paint on rather than an easel when I feel like painting on a flat surface. I pull up my paints, paint mediums, and paintbrushes and it’s off to the races! Here I’m working on Cherry Blossoms Before Twilight I.

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Color Choices Oh My!

Color Choices Oh My!

Choosing colors for my next painting… the color choices are endless – where do I begin? If I have a particular subject in mind, it becomes very simple as I’m just choosing colors that fit the subject I want to paint, however, when I’m painting abstracts, my mood usually dictates the main color I choose to work with and then I either select like colors or complementary colors to supplement the work. I sometimes dump my entire two boxes of paints onto the floor to weed through to make that decision!

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A Fresh Canvas

A Fresh Canvas

There’s just something about a fresh canvas and a new start to a painting… Stay tuned to see what’s next!

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