I just got back from Chicago and I got right back to work on some new Instagram Commissions. My trip to Chicago was amazing and I stayed with one of my best friends, Pino. While there, I got to see the Art Institute of Chicago which had some of the best paintings I've ever seen. I had never been to Chicago before and I had a really great time. Much love to Pino.
I've done some new Instagram commissions so make sure to check those out HERE. I'll also be working soon on some small oil paintings on linen panels that I made before my trip. It's good to be back home and working again.
My Mom and I picked up a couple frames yesterday for some of my paintings and it's got me thinking. One of the frames is for this painting below of our cat, Lily, who passed away over a year ago. I did a little 7" X 5" portrait of her around 2012-2013. I'm not entirely sure of when I painted it because I didn't sign it with the date in those days. You can even see the early beginnings of my current signature, which is directly inspired by Bouguereau.
The painting is small and not particularly well executed, but I really like it. It captures the emotion of our cat as I remember her; maybe that's the reason why I like this painting. It feels more sincere to me than some of my recent work. I know I've been improving a lot lately, but I've decided to go back to basics with a lot of my techniques. I always have to remind myself to go back to basics because I get caught up in technique.
I'm making some linen panels today and I'm going to do some paintings on them with a more basic medium and see how they turn out. Stay tuned..
I just put the second coat of vanish on the portrait of my girlfriend. I absolutely love the way the varnish breathes life back into the painting. I also put hardware on the antique frame for the painting. I'll put the painting in the frame tonight after the varnish dries and it'll be all set!
I also want to thank all of my followers on Instagram. I've been doing a bunch of commissioned portraits and it has really pushed me to become a better academic artist. I'm so happy that I get to share my drawings with so many people. Thank you for all the amazing support!