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Peaks of Otter

Peaks of Otter

Peaks of Otter
14″ x 14″
Oil

This painting is almost a year old now, but I don’t think I ever shared it on here so that’s what I’m doing today. The Peaks of Otter are three peaks that are part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. It’s a special place for me because I’ve been going there with my family ever since I was a little kid. I have many pictures of this place and I’ve always wanted to paint it, but I never did until last year. This style of painting is a little different from what I had been doing and I was really happy with the final piece. The canvas itself is actually made from a recycled picture frame over which I stretched some unprimed canvas.

Peaks of Otter (detail 1) Peaks of Otter (detail 2)

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New Work: Below the Surface

Below the Surface

Below the Surface
Oil
18″ x 14″

This is the last painting that I’m submitting for the art show. I don’t have much info on the subject of the photo (again by Thomas Caceci) except that it shows a few layers of the skin. I’ve actually painted something like this before and it turned out to be one of my favorite paintings of mine to date. You can see it here.

Below the Surface (detail 1)

I just learned about another show that I’d like to participate in, so I’ll be working on pieces for that this week since the deadline is Saturday. Of course I will share them with you when I get a chance! Thanks for reading :]

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New Work: All the Same

All the Same

All the Same
Oil
36″ x 12″

This next painting is based on a photo of an artery and a vein by Thomas Caceci. I was really drawn to the photo because of the texture, but also because of the subject matter. I think one reason I enjoy painting the inside of the body is because  it comments on the fact that despite the differences in beliefs, values, and lifestyles, all humans are essentially made up of the same stuff.

All the Same (detail)

Also, I’m not sure why, but I’m a little obsessed with putting pink in my paintings. For some reason they usually don’t feel complete until I add some shade of pink (I usually go for a bubblegum pink…). It’s probably just a phase. In any case, I really enjoy this painting :] Thanks for reading! I’ll share the third painting tomorrow.

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New Work: Breathe

Breathe

Breathe
Oil
22″ x 28″

The three paintings I’m going to share this weekend were all created for a show submission. The show will take place at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (where some of my work is right now). Their last show was an open call for art of all subjects and themes. This time, the show is called the Art of Science and the theme is the relationship between, well, art and science. I was so excited when I heard about the show because, as some of you may know, I love painting cells and things inside the body.

For this exhibition, both artists and scientists were asked to submit work. Scientists could submit photographs for artists to transform into some kind of artwork. I chose three photos to paint.

This first painting was based on a photo taken by Yale Rosen. It shows part of a normal lung. This painting is probably my favorite out of the three because of the interesting shapes.

Breathe (detail 4) Breathe (detail 1) Breathe (detail 3) Breathe (detail 2)

Thanks for reading! Tomorrow I’ll share the next painting.

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From the Vault: Oil Painting

I first tried out oils when I was in the 11th grade. I was working with Diane Patton, a local studio artist and great inspiration of mine, and she offered to let me use her oil paints one day while I was in her studio. My favorite thing about the paint was the thickness of it. I was hooked from the beginning and I soon bought my own set.

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I think this is the first painting I made with my new paint. It’s a painting of my niece, Elena. I actually never finished it, but I kind of like the looseness of it the way it is. Maybe one day I’ll work on it some more or maybe I’ll just leave it. Anyway, thanks for reading :]

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