I wanted to take a little time and talk about a portrait that I was compelled to paint recently.
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When I look at my art now it's no surprise that the nature of my work has changed over the past 15 years. There are spots of time in the last ten years where I didn't create any art at all beyond a doodle or two. However, I can look at my work from college and see how my current style is worlds away from where I started.
I was primarily a drawing artist when I was college. I wasn't very interested in painting because I had only experienced oil and had not tried acrylic paint yet. I found that oil painting was stinky and annoying to wait around for. So, I studied drawing and honed my technical skill. I took everything from basic techniques to advanced experimental art and I logged hundreds of hours drawing the nude human form in all shapes and sizes. Despite the fact that I think of myself as a painter, I regret nothing about taking so many drawing classes. After all, drawing is the basis for much of painting so it ended up bolstering my skills in the long run.
One of my favorite ways to draw was with charcoal, which is messy yet wonderful. It was a natural leap for me to go from intensive drawing toward painting. The skills I learned in those classes ended up being the basis for my understanding of painting. I remember that even as a drawing artist that I would incorporate pale colors into my work using watercolor or gouache.
My present work is anything but muted in color and I'm happy to feel nothing like the student I was in college. I almost exclusively follow my intuition while creating my artwork designs and hold value the stream of consciousness creative model.
How has your art style changed?
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