Coffee is definitely a popular subject matter for me. What can I say? Coffee fuels me and inspires me.
I’ve been devoting so much time and energy to animal collages these days, that I decided to take a break and focus a little bit more on other subjects. There may be a few more still life pieces in my future. We shall see…
I’ve made quite a few bird-related collages over the years, but this is definitely the first time I’ve tackled a duck portrait. Seems like I’ve made it a habit to make animal portraits these past couple of years. I really do enjoy animal compositions, although I feel like I should start exploring some landscape/cityscapes again, as well as possibly still life. Sometimes it’s good to change things up.
Beagles are one of my all-time favorite kind of dog, so of course I had to go and make a beagle portrait. However, I also really like corgis, although I have yet to make a corgi collage. Perhaps that will be the subject for my next piece…
Here’s my first attempt at doing a close-up portrait of a giraffe. I’ve always thought that giraffes are strange-looking animals. They definitely don’t look like they belong on planet Earth, but some other place in outer space. From their long necks to their unusual ossicones that looks like horns, everything about them seems like it came from another planet. Hence the title of this piece – which I definitely enjoyed coming up with.
I have a tendency of tackling dog collages all of the time, so I thought it was time to change things up a bit and make a cat collage. When I completed this piece, I realized the cat definitely looked like he had a bit of attitude – hence the title.
Yesterday I created a time lapse video that shows the making of a parrot collage, and above is the finished piece – a photo in better lighting! I’m realizing that I’ll need to play around with lighting for future videos. In general, I’ve decided that I need to make more videos of my process and I’m thinking of perhaps coming out with a series where I answer frequently asked questions. So stay tuned – brand new content has yet to come!
Sometimes a work of art can be a bit of a struggle – which is exactly what this one was. It was my first time tackling a snake portrait, and it was also my first time tackling a reptile at such an odd angle. Overall I think it turned out alright, but I wouldn’t say I’m terribly proud of this one. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been staring at it for too long for too many hours…
So why share it? Because it’s part of the artistic process. Instead of sharing all my masterpieces, I like to share all the artwork I’m working on in the studio. I think that every work of art I complete, the failures and successes, all help me move towards becoming a better artist. And I love sharing that process with everyone, where I can share how I learn and grow along the way.
This guy turned out a little more serious than I expected, hence the title, “Oh Wise Seagull.” He looks rather wise, doesn’t he? I enjoyed working some interesting textures into this piece. I also liked using more of a contrast – using pale colors with dark outlines. It created an effect that I wasn’t quite expecting. I suppose that’s the beauty of art, isn’t it? You never really know what you’ll wind up with. Sometimes the surprise is pleasant, sometimes it’s frustrating, but overall, it’s always worthwhile.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted any new work – what can I say, sometimes life can get crazy busy. I needed to take a bit of a break to deal with a few changes in my life, but now I’m back to work! This piece is a little more on the abstract side, but it’s my way of delving back into my art-making process once more. And I plan to post another animal collage somewhat soon.