how I paint

by | Feb 11, 2022 | art

Among all my oil on canvas paintings, most are portraits and nature. They are decorative and always have a story behind them, whether expressions from my own life or someone else’s story.

I combine photo-realistic images with thick, rough, often abstract textures. The contrast intrigues the viewer, offering more details the longer one looks.

I begin by seeking out images to look to inspire the realistic parts of the canvas. I start with a sketch and the basic first layer of paint before examining the found images. Next, using a little amount of paint, linseed oil, and the smallest brushes I can find (0000 sizes), I create the realistic parts of the canvas. I leave some space for creativity, adding texture to bring the right contrast and harmony. Sometimes there’s more of the abstract, other times more realism.

Color choices reflect my current mood and the stage of life in which I find myself. Oil is conducive to my work because it takes longer to dry, allowing me to take my time. I am not a prolific artist. A single piece of work may take a few months to a couple of years to finish and sign. I have a rule for myself to never start a new oil painting until the current is complete.

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