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My Creative Process

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For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’ve been an artist since 1994 when I discovered art by accident and it’s been something that I’ve not been able to give up ever since.

My art has been with me through the last 25 years of my life and it’s something that I can’t imagine not doing.

What’s my creative process like?

When I get the chance to paint, I love creating large oil paintings or I enjoy creating oil pastel paintings on BIG sheets of paper.

A friend of mine once gave me a roll of butcher paper and I created many pieces of art from that roll for about one year.

Now that I’m married though, my art tends to be smaller and my average painting is about 8 1/2 x 11 or a little bit bigger depending on where we’re living and the actual space that I have to work on.

My wife and daughters.

Since I don’t have a traditional studio, I tend to paint, draw, and create on portable tables, usually at night while my kids are in bed, and my wife and I are having some grownup time with our favorite TV show or movie playing in the background.

Over the last few years I’ve mostly been working in oil pastel because it’s easier to use for a quick “art session” and I can clean up without leaving a lot of mess.

Lately, I’ve been focusing more on creating landscapes than anything else because I would like to create a wall calendar for 2020.  So far I have about 8 oil pastel landscapes that I’ve created this year.

My creative process typically starts with me finding a picture that I would like to paint or draw, usually on my phone, then I proceed to sketch that picture onto the paper that I’m working on and start laying in the colors. Once the first layer of colors are on the paper it can take anywhere from 4 hours to 10 hours for me to finish one 8 1/2 x 11 oil pastel picture.

I’m very detailed with my art thanks to my drafting background (4 years high school) so I don’t consider a painting to be done until I’m satisfied that I’ve captured all of the details in it. 

If you view my gallery, you can see that I have a lot of artwork that’s kind of abstract and other artwork that’s more realistic.

At this stage of my life I would classify my work as “modern art” since it’s not strictly one style or another.

After I finish a painting, if it’s an oil pastel picture I typically will brush off the excess pastel paint “chunks” then spray the art with hairspray because I’ve found that it seals my work and I don’t have to worry about smudges or pastel getting on the hands of people when they handle the art. 

That’s it for this post! If you’re interested in learning more about my work please contact me anytime by clicking here.

I appreciate your interest! 

 

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