A Handy Technique

Craig Meklir abstract, acrylic, Bridge, painting technique

My last blog post explained how Aniko helped me resurrect my painting by varying the value of my green color.  This blog post shares a technique I used to transform the dull blue “path” which wound across my six-foot-wide canvas into a rustic “wooden” path. As shown below, I initially painted the path a gray-blue color which was both uninteresting and un-Hawaiian.     Here’s …

Stealing From Henri Matisse

Craig Meklir Henri Matisse

Now that the “path” was finished, as discussed in my last blog post, I felt the painting needed an object in the lower central area to break up the large space.  So, what does a middle-aged artsy guy do and, more importantly, what can others do when needing to embellish their own paintings with new objects?  Look to one of …

Oh Dear, What Have I Done?!!!

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Just as I had turned a positive corner with my painting, I made a mistake so bad that I needed Aniko, my art teacher, to come to my house to save it from ruin.  Fortunately, not only did Aniko help me solve the problem, but she taught me a lesson about color value which I found so interesting and important that I decided to dedicate this blog post …

On My Own, Sort Of, Part Due

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This blog post is a continuation of my previous blog post titled “On My Own, Sort Of” and describes some of the problems I encountered and valuable lessons I learned as I forged ahead to complete my Hawaiian-themed painting.    As discussed in my last post, my art teacher, Aniko, agreed to help me with my painting after our art class had ended.  Using Photoshop, she edited …

On my Own, Sort Of

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My last blog post provided pictures of my Hawaiian-themed painting at the end of each of six art classes (the sixth class was the final class).  This blog post provides a glimpse into my psyche and describes how I set out to complete the painting on my own (that is, now that my art class had ended, and I was …

Week By Week Look At Painting Through Art Class

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This blog post provides a week by week look at my progress (or lack thereof) over my 6 week art class.  Although I had already selected my colors and painted a composition on a smaller scale on paper before the art class had begun (for planning), I did not foresee the myriad of “problems” I would encounter while executing the painting during art class.  By the end of my final session of …

Getting Started Painting The Canvas

Craig Meklir Jackson Pollock, www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrVE-WQBcYQ

Although it may seem I have this painting all planned out and can execute it flawlessly, it will evolve in terms of colors, shapes, and brushstrokes.  I’ll make mistakes, make changes on the fly, and get frustrated. Fortunately, because I am doing the work in an art class, my teacher will offer excellent guidance along the way! Even still, I’ll continue to fear my painting …

Transfering A Composition To Canvas

Craig Meklir dickblick.com

My previous blog post provides a way to save time and money by creating a prototype.  This post describes how using an overhead projector can save time transferring shapes to a large canvas.    Manually transferring shapes from a smaller prototype to a large canvas can take hours.  This is because each shape must be drawn with precision in terms of size, line angles, and placement on the canvas.  The larger …

Creating A Prototype

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My previous blog post offers a tip to simplify selecting colors and buying paint. This post describes how working out a painting’s details on a small scale can help reduce time spent painting a large canvas and the costs associated with using unnecessary paint. To create a prototype (I actually created two), I took a picture of my composition and printed several copies from my home computer printer.  …

Looking Outside for Color Inspiration

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My previous blog post describes how I moved from concept to composition, offering a framework others can follow when unsure how to carry out their own artistic ideas.  This post describes how nature photographs informed my color choices and, more importantly, offers a tip to save time and reduce stress when choosing colors and buying paint. Because art stores offer an …