Oh this one is going to be so fun! My beautiful daughter Zara... She's a young beauty inside & out!
This is my first abstract portrait of my father, Butch and I really really like it... Of course there will be more to come. Basically, I toned the canvas with a vibrant flow of color which I was inspired to do from studying one of my well-known local artists Jonas Gerard when I visited his art gallery/workshop at Riverview Station in Asheville, NC.
Below are some of the process photos of the piece.
I hope you enjoy... I know I certainly enjoyed creating this.
New Experimentations Inspired by Riverview Station artist great, Jonas Gerard of Asheville, NC
I'm trying something new! I recently toured the gallery of Jonas Gerard at Riverview Station in Asheville, NC and his flow paintings have inspired me to try something a little different with my portraits.
Portraits are my passion... and I feel like I do a really good job capturing likenesses heavy on realism.. I have always desired to cultivate a more "painterly" look... but seem to get somewhat trapped in my realistic tendencies...
Today I have started something completely new and we shall see how it turns out... I am so excited about this idea that I could hardly sleep for a couple of nights and had to get out of bed to lay some paint down.... Hope you all enjoy my new process... it's incredibly exciting to me... <3
FYI - This first portrait using my new technique is of my sweet Father, Butch Phillips - Handsome, jolly devil!
This is my newest artwork acrylic painting on stretched canvas of my families, over 100 yr old!!, barn which is right out in my backyard on 418 Stone Cottage Rd, Mars Hill, NC!
In Madison County, NC we have a barn alliance and May is officially the Madison County Barn Alliances "Barn Month".
Mr. Taylor Barnhill, from the Madison Co. Barn Alliance, had just visited me about our (over 100 yr old) Phillips family barn in April and he had mentioned that artworks related to our local barns would be exhibited at the Madison Co. Art Associations gallery all during the month of May...
That got me excited and inspired to do a portrait of our family barn to be included in the "Barn Month" art exhibit...
Alas, this particular project took me much longer than anticipated... I know that I put in over 40 hours on this painting and it's because of the detail and I wanted it to look just right as I am sure this will be a treasure for our family for generations.. hopefully outlasting the barn itself!
Next year... I am going to make sure this Barn Portrait gets exhibited for sure.
I am very impressed with myself for the hand drawn rendering that I did at the start.. as I usually use transfer paper with a sketch or image of the subject I am going to render... and this technique is to save precious TIME... But, it's really good to practice the drawing skills every once and a while and realize... I STILL GOT IT!
Below are images of my creation process starting with the finished artwork and going back through the major steps on this piece.
I used a glazing technique and started with solely black and white and moved on to layer over with color. I am beginning to see one of my signature elements.. is having some part of the artwork leave the confines of the identified boundary of the artwork... thus creating added interest and movement... I really love it and seem to naturally do this over and over again... I have never really planned out to do that... but seems like its what wants to be.
I hope that you take a look and enjoy my little art process show..
My name is Chris Bell & I am an artist