Paint, I Will Paint

0038.1I will paint.  Paint, Paint, Paint.
I will paint.


Something happened today, I’m not sure what.  But I felt it happen and I know it’s for the good.  :)
The Journey


“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Fairy Godmother


Not sure what strange dark recess this crept up from, but I’m totally digging it.
I’m going to allow myself to sleep in tomorrow.
The journey can wait an hour or so.



“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Bit Further


I think I’m coming down with some sort of sickness.  Bleh.
Gotta keep pushing though, making too much progress these last couple weeks to fall off.  Regardless of my feels.
I’ll be back

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” -Anthony J. D’Angelo

How Do You Learn to Be an Artist?

Such an inspirational and powerfully thought-provoking read.

The Journey

Painting OWU

Mercedes Matter was an important figure in 20th century American art, both as a painter and one deeply involved in the education of artists. As founder of the New York Studio School, where she taught and served as dean, Matter helped shape generations of artists as well as the critical discourse about art, its meaning, its practice, and its role in society. This article first appeared in the New York Times, September 2, 1973. Almost 40 years later, her insights seem to have only gained in relevance.

How Do You Learn to Be an Artist?
By Mercedes Matter

Since, in a world greatly transformed, the visual arts have presumably moved far from the premises of art in the past, is there any use for a young artist, in 1973, to study the traditional disciplines?

I say decidedly yes – were this only a matter of becoming visually literate. How arrogant…

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Doing my best to harness the momentum of yesterday’s success’s, letting it help propel me forward on the days journey.





“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” – John Mason

Slow Dance


Well that was fun!
Got to try out a couple new brushes with this portrait, the Impasto brush is very hard to control, but I love the amount of texture I can squeeze out in every stroke… Once I got all the features set, I went back and just seen what type of effects each one did with varying results.

I just kept wanting to push this further and further.  Even stopped a couple times only to open it back up and start playing on it again.



I began just using the mouse, keeping the canvas really tiny (25%), just working my way up to some solid values and creating the majority of the forms.  I ended up switching to my bamboo tablet when I started using the Mixer Brush to smooth out all the tones, before I went too far along.


Bumped the canvas to 50% and went to work.  It wasn’t until the last 30-40 mins that I was working at 100% and that was when I was adding all the extra colors and refining the little details.


It’s past my bedtime, but it’s so worth it.
Covered a good distance in today’s journey.


“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one’.” – C.S. Lewis

Something I’ve Been Playing With


An unnamed warrior

My current lifestyle change involves an exhausting exercise regiment.  I’m so tired, I should go to bed early, but I think I’ll play with this a bit more.  I need to get in there are start adding those finer lines to make it a bit less blurry, but first things first.  ;)

Enjoy the Journey

“The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.” – Pablo Picasso



Downloaded a free Photoshop brush set at the other day and immediately began painting after I got them set-up.  The whole reason I got this set was for the Impasto brush, but they had a couple other winners in there too.

I’ve always enjoyed how the impasto style was so thick and rich in textures, regardless of the subject matter of the painting.  Here, I was just playing around and getting use to how the brush flowed at different opacity settings and the like, but at the same time I kinda wanted to work on intimating some of that same thickness and texture.

I’m looking forward to painting some loose portraits with this brush sometime in the future.  Until then.  Enjoy the Journey.



“Your heart will tell you where to go. Your head will guide you there safely. Use one without the other and you’ll get lost.” – D.R. Harris