I was a poor poor art student when I decided to start a blog documenting the process of my paintings, photography, drawings and journaling. Now a recent art grad, not much has changed other than the label and maybe a change of scenery.

May 17, 2009


-I tried keeping it organized-

-my own world.-

Since I am on a roll, I figured I'd show you where the magic happened (I am being sarcastic there, I hate it when celebs say that on cribs). But, really I wanted to show where my paintings were done for the 2008/09 school year. I sadly had to pack up everything and now this studio space no longer exists. It was a good run, and I realize how important it is to have a space to work in the studio, rather outside of class. Here I am in my own realm and can concentrate why I am in school. I really enjoyed this space, the people I painted next to and the responses I got from people (being that I was practically the first area you walked into in the painting lab). I hope I can carry this into my studio space I am creating in my mom's garage this summer and the work ethic will not sputter out like it has known to in the past.

Orange: Part Deux.

"Life is Good" -In Progress- Oil on Canvas, 3'x5'

So this painting was still in progress as well when I took the pictures. I will try to get pictures of the finished piece in due time. But there is a shot of the whole canvas and multiple detail shots (I couldn't choose, I love the marks...). Overall, I am quite pleased with the way the uniform/arm/hand holding the bag came out, because it achieves the goals that I set out to do. The face changed as well as the background on this painting, and it took me about two days to complete.


This is the second painting. This is the underpainting (the orange) with the image drawn on with paint, using a projector. I never really used to agree with that, however it allows me to not worry about proportions rather the application that will take place.

Goals for this painting and the previous one:
>allow the under painting to come through
>not over paint
>make a mark, leave it, think about whether to alter it or not
>focus on the part of the picture I like most (the figure) and create an ambiguous background (more line making, enough to suggest)


"15", Oil on Canvas, 2'x4'

I needed to complete two more paintings in order to fulfill my contract in painting III. It was kind of a mad rush, since well time caught up with me once again (pro-crastination) and I was faced with about a week to wrap up the semester.

Over spring break, I took pictures of my dad at work. I must say it was the highlight of my break. I was able to observe my dad in his element, especially since he has recovered from his spine surgery. He was laughing with people in the kitchen, completing orders, carrying pans, shuffling in his over-sized black chef shoes. It made me see a different side to him, one that I was quite found of.

This painting shown here is one of my dad during his 15 minute break, he wanted to smoke a cigarette and I wanted to capture it. He repeatedly told me to step away and worried about me getting smoke in my face...little does he know where I reside for 9 months out of the year...anyways a couple minutes in, he relaxed and I got some great shots.

I started painting this and from the get-go it gave me nothing but problems. These pictures were in the process. I finished, and haven't taken pictures yet, however I am not happy with how the painting turned out. This painting showed me how little I know about light and the effect it has on color. Also, plane shifts are something I hope to work on (like the hand holding the cigarette). I feel once I grasp these two techniques, my paintings will be more successful.

I plan on redoing this painting completely, but most likely with a different background color. I would even like to explore multiples. It was interesting the reaction I got from everyone. We are told smoking is bad in our youth. To avoid it and here I had people coming up to me saying, "that's so cool." Yes, a classic image of an Asian man smoking a cigarette. I must say there is something captivating about it. The wrinkles in his face, the tightness in his mouth, the relaxed gesture of him holding the cigarette, they all signify a sense of mysteriousness.

I also wanted to do this painting because this is post-op of my dad's recovery. He stopped smoking for the surgery, but old habits die hard it seems. So here it is, he had the surgery because of work-related causes, yet doing this harmful thing to his body with his own free will. I find there to be an interesting correlation there, that needs more exploring.

Well, I think that's enough blabbering on to the next post.

End of the Year Show

"Much of It Cannot Be Undone", Oil on Canvas, 4'x6'

"Deep Surrender", Oil on Canvas, 3'x4'

Every year at Stout they put on an end of the year show for 2D and 3D work (mainly fine art) in the Furlong Art Gallery in applied arts. I decided to put two pieces in this year, my first painting of my dad lying on a chair, surfing the tube. The other is the piece I worked almost 2 1/2 months on, aka the billboard. I was glad to hear that both got in the show. It is great to have fine art appreciated in the school when design is mainly the focus.

My large piece of my dad in the hospital bed actually won third place (2 first prize winners, 2 second prize winners and 5 third prize winners). I am hoping with this, my name will start to get out there (at least in good ol' Menomonie) and people will see that painting is not a dead language like most believe it to be. Yes, my art is literal when you stand in front of it, but there is meaning and concept behind it that most are unaware of.