The Artwork of Paul Ferney

Hey! Hope you're week is going well! So remember when I mentioned that I had a post coming up about artist Paul Ferney? Well...

Today is the day!!! For my last painting project we had to find a living artist that we admired and had to create paintings based on their work. Another requirement was that we had to contact this artist and interview them, so.... 

I got an interview with Paul Ferney!!!

He said I could share the interview with you, my wonderful blog readers :) So here it is! 

What is your biggest inspiration when it comes to art?
My biggest inspiration is my own daily experiences. The streets I walk down, the way light plays at sunset, etc... But I'm also inspired by other artists. Mostly I love the process of painting. More than the subject matter, I get into the texture, thickness, and direction of the paint. Laying down cool strokes next to warm ones. Making sure you have variety in strokes and paint thickness. Watching all your edges, and soften or loose the edges that aren't supposed to be sharp. 

How long did it take you to find a signature style?
This is an interesting question. I believe that we are what we are. Just work hard at doing good work. 

What kind of prep work do you do before painting?
I've decide on the composition and palette. Both of these things are hard to change late into the painting.

What kind of process do you go through while creating?
The creative process for me is best served through  getting in and painting often. Too much 
time between painting sessions and it's like you're always playing catch-up. 

Do you work from life or from a photo with your cake/landscape paintings?
Both. I care about the end result, and the process doesn't seem to matter quite as much. You get color and space when you paint from life, and you get convenience with a photo. It's more important to paint often, then to wait until the conditions are perfect.

You work in oils primarily, but are there any other media that you like to work in?
Photography would be next. They seem to go hand in hand. The camera helps me see. And the better photographer I become the more possibilities seem to be available. One of the biggest regrets I have is not investing in better photography sooner. Painting and photography both seem to be tied together by an understanding of light.

What do you find is the biggest struggle while painting?
Looking at your own work with an objective eye. 

Which painting do you consider your favorite out of your own collection?
A favorite would be hard to choose.  If you're doing your job right though, you don't get to hold onto great work for long.

What advice can you give to painters entering the art world?
Um. Get your own studio space as soon as possible. Make it happen. And learn from the best. You'd be surprised how many of the great painters out there have workshops, etc...

And lastly, what is your favorite color?
I don't know if I'd call it my favorite, but I really like the greens you get when you mix cad orange and phthalo blue. 

I hope you all enjoyed the interview as much as I did and
 Paul, if you're reading this, thanks again for the interview! 
Check out more of his work on his blog:


Kevin's Portrait

 Hey guys! Tomorrow is the day I start the life-sized portrait of Kevin! I'm really excited about it! Kevin and I went out this afternoon and took some pictures for the painting and here are my favorite shots...


J. Crew model in the making

I'm leaning towards painting the first one or the one on the left in the second row. What do y'all think?


New Paintings!!!

As promised, here are some of my new paintings from my class! The coloring is kind of off on these so that's bugging me a bit, but this at least gives you an idea of what I'm working on.

This painting is for my independent study in Mug Shot portraits. In an earlier post I showed you one of my other mug shots of my friend Melissa. This one is of my friend Ryan.
Mug Shot Portrait Series
8"x8" oil
(not finished)

This was our first painting of the semester for my Advanced Painting II class. It was pretty much a choice painting. She wanted us to employ the grisaille technique where you pour oil mixed with turp on your canvas and lift out the highlights while it's still wet. This provided me with an under-painting that allowed the painting process to go a bit faster.

Searcy Landscape
24"x24" oil

For this assignment we were suppose to go to the county fair and do a plein aire painting, but it didn't work out so she wanted us to take pictures and complete the painting in a few hours... Well... I hated my painting so I had this picture from Assisi, Italy and I just used it as my plein aire "wannabe" piece. This is the first piece that I've ever been really loose with. I'm normally a very tight painter and usually use very thin applications of paint, but this one allowed me to work on a more loose approach.

Assisi, Italy
11"x14" oil

For this next assignment, we had to contact an artist and write a paper discussing their style and methods of painting, and do some paintings based the artist's work. I chose Paul Ferney who's blog you can find here. He's an oil painter from San Francisco who does AMAZING landscapes (post on him to come, btw) and lately he's been doing a series of mini cake paintings. So I took his idea and tweaked it a little so as not to copy, but I did embrace his use of thick, impasto painting and bits of arbitrary color. These are the only two finished out of the 4 that I'm working on.

Cake Series inspired by Paul Ferney
11"x14" oil

Cake Series inspired by Paul Ferney
11"x14" oil

Well, there you go! Hope y'all like them!


What's in your bag?

Hey... again.
I think this is my 3rd post today.
And oddly I'm pretty impressed with myself.

Do you remember when you were little and you carried a purse because you thought it's cool to have random things that you can play with? And of course after school or church, all of us little girls would huddle together and spill out our bags and show everyone what interesting things we found to sneak out of our houses (better yet, our moms' purse). Somewhere along those lines there was a transition between the simply fun things in your bag to those essential items that make up your everyday life.
Well... I secretly want to get back in that huddle :)
I want to know what you deem "essential"; be it your favorite lip gloss, your iPhone, or your obsession with bobby pins.
So everyone who reads this (even the boys!) email me pics or just comment on things that you carry around with you everyday that you consider a definite "must". For those who send me pics, I'll post them and give a shout out to your blog (free advertisement people!)

I guess I'll start :)

1.) Bag- Simple little shoulder bag from JCPenney that I got before my chicago trip last year. BEST purchase of the year I might add. It never leaves my hip.
2.)Planner- I got mine from Walmart. It's definitely a lifesaver and HELLOOOO? Can anyone say good job Walmart on their design? Simple and to the point. Thank you.
3.)Moleskin notebook- Now, I know, a lot of people obsess over these and yes, they are good, but come on now. They are way overpriced. This was probably a one time purchase for me. I added the little saying on it that I saw once on a poster. It says "Simplicity is the key to successful living". Agreed.
4.)Keys- Essential? Yes. Most often left in the room? Yes.
5.)Scarf- Gap, Spring 2010. Wonderful purchase I might add. Goes with everything.
6.)Wallet- Target, Fall 2009. Very handy and the perfect size. Definitely invest in a wallet that suits your every need because they are your best or worst friend depending.
7.)Writing utensils- Preferably black or blue Papermate pens and fine tip Sharpies
8.)Lipgloss- Covergirl Outlast lip stain (AMAZING!) and C.O. Bigelow Ultra Mentha Lip Shine for when I want that tingly sensation.
9.)iPod- This item is particularly essential on Tuesdays and Thursdays during my 4 hour painting course.
10.)Sunglasses- $3 Walmart ones. Perfect for getting scratched up in my purse.
11.)Phone- Blackberry, but I'm not that cool. I don't have internet access on it so it only suffices my talking/texting needs.
12.)Camera- (not pictured because... well... it was in use.) My best friend when it comes to getting quick shots of my artwork to post on here.

So there you have it! My essentials in a nut shell. Or rather, in a shoulder bag from JCP.
Send in your pics! I wanna see what you've got!

Handiwork is on the map

Um. Ok. You know when you have those moments where you're like "ARE YOU SERIOUS???!!!!"

Well. I just had one.

I google image searched "Achromatic Paintings" because, well, I'm a nerd like that, and what did I behold?

MY Achromatic Painting!!!!!!!!!!

Very first image.


"ARE YOU SERIOUS???!!!!!!!"

I'm slightly excited right now...

Watercolor Portrait

Hey guys! Here's the finished watercolor portrait that I did for class. I'm really pleased with how it turned out! First piece out of that class that I actually like.

My next painting is a life-size portrait (in oil, not watercolor thank goodness) and I think I'm going to paint Kevin. Here are some pics that I'm looking at for inspiration.


Sick Day

I don't know what's wrong with my immune system, but it's been on vacation and leaving me sick the past few weeks. Maybe I deserve it? I always brag about how I'm never sick and then BOOM. Death of throat, nose, stomach, and neck. Yes... neck. So I'm here. Working at the boring/awesome hall monitor job. Just me and my pile of tissues. I probably should be working on my multitude of painting, ceramic, and art history projects, but no. Here I sit starring at the clock and sniffling. So now that I've bored y'all by thrown this pity party of a post (Nice alliteration, right?), I'll show you a picture of my friend, Larisa, that I plan to do for a watercolor portrait.

I plan on warming it up and adding a plainer background, but I've been saving this picture to use for something for a very long time. What do y'all think of having a light gray background?More pics to come!