New Studio at Blue Star Arts Complex

Over the past couple months I've had the pleasure of working in a shared studio space with local San Antonio artist, Amada Miller at Blue Star Arts Complex. We have a large, raw space that is great for painting. I really enjoy being a part of the Blue Star community as well—there is a great coffee shop and some restaurants, galleries, and of course, the Blue Star Museum that attract people from all over San Antonio. I enjoy painting on the weekends and having random visitors walk into my studio to check out my work and chat about my process. 

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Here is the latest piece I've been working on. It's based on a photo of my dad in Colorado. I was drawn to the image because this is one of my dad's classic poses—a go-to stance for pondering the beauty of nature or just chatting in the kitchen. Similar to some of my recent paintings, the figure is a relatively small component of the painting, with a focus on the natural environment. I also played with color in this one—pushing myself a little more by laying down a base coat of an acid orange color I mixed up and painting over it with more neutral layers of color to add depth. I still plan to paint another top layer of detail, but this piece is close to finished. 

Process photo #1 with orange base coat.

Process photo #1 with orange base coat.

Process photo #2 with neutral detail layers added. 

Process photo #2 with neutral detail layers added.