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.
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.