Saturday, November 26, 2011

hand-me-downs DONE

11" x 14" acrylic on canvas

this painting is done. i ditched the background because it just wasnt working. i ended up going to a simpler background to highlight the characters and to help their colors pop. the 'open door and lit hallway' had some meaning to it, but truly wasnt working

ill be off to the gallery tomorrow afternoon to deliver it for next weekend's show. honestly, im kinda just happy to get this piece out of my hair. i spent way too long on it for how big it is and for how much it will be listed to sell for. i wont get a chance to scan it until after the show (assuming no one buys it), so for now it is here in photograph form


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

old, new

hello there folks
for anyone actually reading this, bare with me as it will be a long one...

sneak peak! so you dont lose interest

im putting 3 pieces up at the Pancakes and Booze show on December 2nd & 3rd. that means i have a TON of painting to do so i can drop them off at the venue on december 1st...the day before the show.

so, i decided my best plan of action would be to pick up an unfinished painting that i kinda like, and finish it.

also, as i know about myself, i tend to not work too hard on my stuff unless i am forced to. so this was a golden opportunity to force myself into figuring out and finishing this work-in-progress that i felt had some promise.

so tonight i will be posting this painting in 3 stages of development.

Stage 1 (i figured out this was started in April 2011!!! what! thats forever ago)...

funny you can see another painting behind this one. if it is familiar to you, thank you for following along for the past year!

laying down colors, figuring out shadows...

now onto stage 2...

more colors.

i didnt have a clear idea for the background yet. my thought was that he was running/falling/dancing down some alley...

i remember being frustrated here for a couple reasons:
1.) i didnt know what i was doing
2.) the paint wasnt coating very well! it was at this point that i vowed NOT to ever sketch with these black, waxy crayon-type pencils that i like. when i got into it with this much YELLOW, the sketch seemed impossible to cover.

and, tonight was stage 3...

more shading and development of reflected light etc.

this picture shows the proportions of the canvas, which i like. it is 36" x 12" so that in itself helps to add something dynamic

im not at all happy with the quality of these photos, but i have a hard time finding a great place to photograph in my apartment. i always paint at night, and i prefer dim lighting in my home.

ill get a truer-to-life image when this is done and i can scan it.

SO! there you have it. thank you for making it all the way to the end of this post. and, ill post the final piece when i think its done.


Friday, November 18, 2011

coming to the end

ive been painting this canvas, sort of battling with the background and the contrast of the thing. and this is where i am.

first, the background was this easter-egg pastel pink and purple. fine

come on

so i tried out some colors in photoshop...

technology, use it!

and sort of followed in real paint

its different


Sunday, November 13, 2011

art show suckas

wanted to do 3 things here

1. post the postcard for the show i will be participating in

2. give a link to the venue

3. post progress on the painting i am showing

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

new piece

tonight i started a new piece for a show at The Hive in downtown los angeles in december. so far ive gotten a good start on the sketch, so i thought id post up my progress. it will be 11" x 14" acrylic on canvas

the show is called "Price...Less" and the pieces have to be 11" x 14" or smaller, and priced at less than $250. so, i figured id pick up an 11" x 14" canvas and go for as big a painting as theyd allow.

im thinking of doing a few small pieces with the hopes of getting all of them into the show. also, the pieces will stay up all month to be featured in the los angeles Artwalk

anyway, here is my progress...

full canvas

close-up bottom...

and top

see yall when ive gotten more done

edit: looking at it on my monitor, id like to adjust the pose of the 'fisted' hand in the bottom left corner. it looks too big and clumsy

Monday, November 7, 2011

the official paul wilson designer con retrospective 2011


thanks to everyone who came by the booth. thanks to everyone who supported me (emotionally and monetarily). it was super fun, super exciting, and it was fantastic to meet so many new people.

just wanted to post some pictures from the show

arriving at the empty booth

finishing set up

convention day morning. REALLY finishing set up

some stuff

doors open



Thursday, November 3, 2011

Designer Con!


storenvy (to buy stuff)

this post is to serve a couple purposes:

1.) remind my MONSTROUS fanbase that i will be at DESIGNER CON November 5th at the Pasadena Convention Center

300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101-2308

2.) provide links to my sites that were NOT listed on my business cards

storenvy (to buy stuff)

so thats it. im excited to participate in my first convention, a little nervous about getting it all put together, and kinda tired. looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and getting the chance to browse what is always a sweet convention with a lot of great artists

im also anxious to get all the organizational, planning and nonsense that comes with setting up a booth