Today I was ready to paint. I had a short amount of time, an old canvas, and not in the middle of any projects, so I thought I would do an abstract. I wanted to keep the colors simple, basically monochrome, but with a pop of contrasting color. It was theraputic to do this painting. […]
It is really fun to paint to music. I try to capture what I hear in colors and shapes. My friend made an album. This was done to one of his songs.
In order to create the strongest impact, having contrast is very important. This painting is about energy erupting across a restful background. The bright warm colors pop against the cool neutrals, creating a visual statement.
Music and color have a lot in common. If you combine notes in the right way, paying attention to chords, and rhythm, you create mood. In art you can do the same thing using color, value and rhythm. What mood does this painting create?
Sometimes it is good to listen to your mother. I had taken some close ups of some clouds in the evening. She asked me to paint them with a knife. All truth be known, I used a knife and a brush in this painting, but it was a great way to push my abstracts. I […]
Sometimes it is hard to create an abstract piece of art. It usually comes out of the imagination, and not from a solid image. Some things that I do to help are to try and create an environment. I think in this place, what would the colors be like? how about the feelings, the sounds? […]
I love weather. I love watching the skies, and the beauty of storm clouds. One of the fascinating things about the beach is watching the ways the sky and the water change with the weather. A few weeks ago, my family was at the beach in South Carolina. My favorite weather was when […]
Color is such a fun element to work with in a painting. I am using warm and cool colors to create contrast, as well as light and dark values to really make areas pop. I love the different variations on each color, and how it creates interesting depth. A lot of my paintings are based […]
I enjoy suprises. I love change. Here is an example of a suprise. I was walking down a trail in Georgia. I was in a state park in the west part of the state, following a creek, and turned the corner, and here this small, but beautiful falls was. This picture has a lot of […]
It has been a busy few months in the Slack household. My daughter was born at the end of December, which has been wonderful. I am taking care of her during the day. She helps me see the world in a whole new way. Sometimes she will sit with me in her bouncer and kick […]