One of my favorite ways to paint lately has been with a sgraffito technique, seen in the examples above. This technique, usually associated with pottery, has been adopted by many painters. It involves scratching into a top layer to expose another layer beneath. Coming to painting from a draftsman's perspective, I enjoy the ability this allows to "draw" directly into paint. You can see the process in my video here. I particularly like the way the chisel allows me to feel the direct pressure upon the canvas, mimicking a traditional stick media like charcoal or graphite. Drawing into paint feels natural to me and the quick drying-time for the latex paint I use, allows me the urgency I seek.
I picked up this process from my painting instructor at Fairmont State, Lynn Boggess. I've talked about his influence on my work before here. He uses the edge of the trowel he paints with to scrape into oil paint creating beautiful lines. Here is an example below, courtesy of his website.
Lynn Boggess, 20 January 2014, oil on canvas, 2014
I'm very excited to share the results of a visit to my studio by the talented Ben Berry of Mountain Craft Productions. Ben has provided me with a stunning video portraying a look at my process and and inspiration.
He's also provided a glimpse into my studio with these incredible photographs.
Happy to share the 3rd in my series of classical runners, Peerless Leonidas, sprinter of Rhodes. You can find the 2 previous entries here and here.
Peerless Leonidas, sprinter of Rhodes, latex paint on canvas, 30" x 48", 2014
Very proud to announce that my recent work "Drawing 264" was chosen as an Editors Pick for the Minted X Domino Art Print Challenge! The challenge was a collaboration between online design marketplace minted and lifestyle magazine domino. Minted asked the over 2,000 contributors to submit fresh, modern designs.
Drawing 264, pastel on paper, 11" x 14", 2014
You can see the piece here! Minted is offering the print on acid and lignin-free paper, deluxe pigment print with a variety of frames to test out!