This is the last painting for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I made it through the whole month and didn’t miss a day. While, I’m proud that I hit the 30 paintings mark, I’m not sure I am completely happy with the results. I could see that my interest was waning in the last week or so with most paintings. And a lot of it was because I was growing bored with doing quick paintings. I did enjoy working with watercolor paints quite a bit this month and I’m not sure where to go next because I also would like to do more oil paintings (like today’s painting) and gouache. I was hoping at the end of this challenge I would walk away knowing what paint media I would like to go to in the future. Today’s painting is one that has been around for a couple of months and it has been a struggle. I struggled with the subject matter and the technique. But, I made myself finish it last night just in case I wussed out on sharing it today.
I can say that for October, I will be participating in challenge of doing an ink drawing everyday of the month. It’s an online challenge called Inktober. Much like the 30 Days challenge, I’m heading into it by the seat of my pants, with nothing predrawn. So, we will see what comes out of it.
oil painting with white charcoal on a toned mat board
This is the last week of the month of love theme, and possibly my last piece for this theme. The drawing is from a scene from the movie, Casablanca. It’s a complete classic and made to perfection. I love everything about it. It has some great quotes and amazing music. I named this piece after the song, As Time Goes By, which is a song that has a big impact on the characters in the film. It’s about the joy and pain that love can bring and the hard choices that you have to make. And it’s got Nazis ruining everything. I know people might have problems watching a black and white movie from the 40’s, but to me it’s a must see.
Here is a little 5″x7″ gouache painting that I did last night. I felt like doing a little study of this scene from the first Spider-Man movie for this Month of Love. It’s been a while since I’ve done a completely gouache paint painting and I figured I would give it a shot. I also tried to give the under drawing a loose feeling by not using my normal mechanical pencils.
Here is a portrait of Vlad Dracula and Mina from 1992’s, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This movie, I find, is a bit polarizing to to many horror movie fans. I think the fact that the movie is more romance than horror is probably the big hurdle. Well, that and Keanu Reeves’ performance. Bad acting aside I do enjoy this film. I think it’s visually stunning. And, I do enjoy the romance between Mina and Dracula. As a monster movie fan I can’t say this is my favorite version of Dracula. I will always pick the original Bela Lugossi film as my favorite Dracula flick. But, the 1992 version is still an enjoyable addition to the Dracula film catalog.
Mina: I want to be what you are, see what you see, love what you love.
Dracula: Mina, to walk with me you must die to your breathing life and be reborn to mine.
I wanted to put out another one of these illustrations for a “poem” I wrote for this week. So I could sneak it in before Valentine’s Day. This one is about that feeling you get with that early spark of a loving relationship. Especially when you, or maybe both people, are coming together after being hurt from prior situations. The right person comes into your life and brings that much needed light to your soul. Like a lighthouse shines it’s light to break through the dark and the fog. It’s an amazing moment and also a scary moment to realize that this one person can turn everything around and change your life, when you had almost given up.
Week two of February is upon us and here is my second “love” themed piece for the month. This is a painting based on the movie, The Princess Bride. This is one of those cult classic type movies that has a big following. I must admit that I am new to this movie. I saw it for the first time only recently, in the last two years. And after hearing how great this movie is for so long, I was pretty confident that I would be underwhelmed by it. But, I gave it a shot and I’m glad I did because I did enjoy it. It’s a nice fantasy movie with interesting characters and a fun story. Best of all it has Andre The Giant in it. Since the movie, at it’s heart, is a love story, I figured it would be a fun subject to paint for this month’s theme.
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Welcome to the start of February and a month of love. I wanted to try and celebrate the feeling of love this month with the art I’m creating and posting. And this subject matter is certainly taking me out of my comfort zone. I wish I could be the type of artist who can put their heart on their sleeve for everyone to see. But, unfortunately I do not express myself well. That’s something I would like to change in the future. And, I do have plans to start doing soon. So, this month can kind of be my way of taking baby steps. I would like to be able to open up and show my feelings to someone. Try and express how important love is to me. Things that I probably couldn’t say out loud.
But, love is a double edged sword. And I’m hoping to keep this month’s work on the positive feelings that love brings. Those moments where love first appears, makes us laugh or shelters us. The times where the only things that matter at that exact moment are two people. Learning about each other.
Today’s drawing is a style that I will be repeating. A more illustrative style with a few lines of that I wrote that helped inspire the drawing. It’s a close to a poem as I can get. I got the idea for doing this after I recently bought a book of poems by Tim Burton, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories. By the title you can kind of tell it’s not really a story about the happiness of love, but it helped plant the seed for me.