Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Son of Lolcat (french: Le Fils de l'Lolcat) by Matt McCray

There is an website I like to follow called They have great deals on random items, but my favorite thing is the $12 shirts with often hilarious and cute designs. Every now and then they have contests for images and this week's was the internet through art history. Although this design did not win it deserves a shirt! Lol cats and Rene Magritte make for excellent art.

Glowing Forest

The forest dream painting is coming together well now that I have a goal to enter it in the National Arts Program exhibit at the Lubbock Garden and Arts Center in October. So here is what I have done so far!

The first step in my work is to lay down overall color in acrylic to get an idea of what I want. 

I have been working on this for a few sittings now so I have a few more process shots. After laying the color glaze in acrylic, I use oil paint to create a solid foundation to build on. Once that dries the glazing process can begin. I like to thin the oil paint to a transparent consistency and then overlay the colors. This creates a very soft blend that seems to glow after multiple layers. It also decreases the drying time, which with oils can be pretty long.

To incorporate the dreamer in the piece, I have decided to try something different and float a cut-out figure over the piece to look as if the sleeper is falling through the dream. I used mat board and an exacto blade to cut out the shape and then applied gesso to both sides to stabilize it.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dream Sketch

This blog was originally created as an assignment in a computers for artists class, but I have decided to pick it back up! The initial use as a process journal is a fun way to keep track of a piece, so that is what I will continue to do. Along with posting art related images, I may trow in an interesting museum story or two. 

To kick things off here is a scan of a sketch for my latest painting.  

For those unfamiliar with my work, I paint dreamscapes of my dreams. These night-time adventures are full of plots, characters, and settings and since I am a lucid dreamer I can recall them with vivid detail. In this particular dream the trees were able to communicate through touch. A caravan of strangers had gathered to sneak through the forest in order to escape those chasing them. The night was quiet and as I leaned on a tree to rest, it started to glow and warn me that someone was coming. Then chaos erupted as bulldozers trampled the forest flat in its search for the fleeing group. Soon after that I was knocked out in the dream and woke up in a hospital, which I have already painted the scene from here...

Pretty scary! But that is long dream story for another time. So along with art and museums, it looks like this may turn into a dream journal as well, haha.