Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Part of the Dupont Forest, Hooker Falls is a short walk from the main road. I really like the way the impasto work came out in the lower left of the painting. The picture from which this was work is depicted has this rock as level with the main part of the falls, however the thick impasto makes it look like it is the side of the other rock. I guess this is one of those good accidents as I like the appearance. I think it is the focal point of the entire piece.
Monday, October 26, 2009
The work was a welcome relief from the some of the bigger canvases I just finished. This 16x20” work took me under 25 hours to complete. The satisfaction level is a bit different from larger works, but the early stages of the painting process are more gratifying since there is always a clear end in site. When working on a piece larger than say 30x40” I can work for 8 hours and look at what was done and think very little was accomplished. This can be a bit daunting at times, so smaller canvases are a nice change of pace.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
In early September One View from my Back Porch (Top) was juried into the Someplace Like Home Show. The show was sponsored by the Junior League of Raleigh a part of a Shopping Spree at the Raleigh Convention Center. I really liked the works selected for this show as there was alot of diversity both in style and technique. I look forward to again submitting works to this show next year.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Two admirable people with more commonalities then one might think
Sunday, October 18, 2009
My family and I went to State Fair last night. As always we had a great time! This was the first year I submitted artwork to the Fair's Juried Show. I was fortunate enough to have my Eno River piece selected. This was very different from any other show I have been in. Before going to the Fair, I really had no idea whether one , two or zero pieces were selected, so the anticipation was alot of fun.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I’ve been fortunate enough to visit San Antonio twice in my life. The last time I was there was in December of 2007 when I saw Penn State defeat Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl. The riverwalk is just a real fun place to see; great food, great art, just a lot of happy people. During this trip I became real interested in Oaxacan wood carved art. The intricate painted designs and the hand carving represent an enormous amount of time and detail. I bought a Oaxacan rhinoceros during this trip, this is an incredible piece that is currently adorning my dining room.
The painting shown of course reflects the riverwalk. I generally do not paint a lot of cityscapes, but this was fun because the aspects of water, trees and sky all were immersed with the buildings and other man made structures. This was done exclusively with acryl gouache, it was interesting to see how water would look using just opaque colors, but I think it creates a pretty interesting effect.
Monday, October 12, 2009
I almost always use acrylic glazes in my paintings. Generally I mix about 20% paint to 80% medium. Usually the technique only requires a fraction of the mixture and the rest ends up drying in the palette. I began experimenting with these dried paint skins by cutting out shapes, usually I use gel medium as a glue to adhere these shapes right on the canvas. Below is a technique where I use these dried paints in conjunction with impasto medium. The demonstration was a practice for the larger piece shown at the bottom right.
- Using masking tape I isolate the area where the paint/impasto medium will be applied
- I use an exacto knife to create a rough edge, to make one side of the tree
- I mix about 20% paint with 80% Impasto Medium
- I apply the mixture on the intended area
- Using a palette knife I smooth out the mixture and remove the tape.
- After cutting out a selection of shapes form the dried glaze mixture, I imbed those directly into the impasto mixture to represent the tree bark
- The impasto medium mixture takes about 24 hours to dry.
- When dry the impasto mixture will hold the glaze chips securely in place
I have a video on this at www.youtube.com/micahmullenart
The finished painting is the 5th painting in my Beidler Forest Series.
Comments, criticism and questions are always welcomed.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
From time to time I like to take a diversion from larger canvases and work on Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s). A typical painting will take 40+ hours, where a 2.5x3.5” card takes under a half hour. Strathmore makes these cards on variety of different surfaces and small mats and frames are available to make a nice presentation. I never sell these, but rather just enjoy trading them with my peers or making these with my kids. Growing up on a culture of trading baseball cards, I never dreamed that thirty years later I would be trading ATC’s.
If you are interested in receiving one of my ATC’s, please join my e-mail list and send me an e-mail with your name, address, etc. I promise to send you an ATC at some point in the next few months.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Located in Atlantic Beach, NC, Hoop Hole Creek offers some interesting compositions. It is not a beach scene, but has marshes, dunes and twisting trees that one might fine on the southern east coast.