Fantasy Art

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step 8

 I like to draw with vine charcoal. It’s very soft so it won’t scratch the surface of your board so you can scribble around until you like your drawing or you can erase it completely with a paper towel.

 Once happy with my sketch I go back over it with a soft charcoal pencil and then wipe it all off with a paper towel again. This leaves a very faint line to begin painting over.  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step 7

So now you have a whole bunch of faux stone slabs, what the heck are ya gonna do with all of that?
Good question, I really don't know.

Notice how the colors shifted with each one depending on what random paint I was splattering, but because it all blended together there's no actual impression of the bright colors that we started with.

 If asked to go out and paint a big chunk of stone your instinct might have been to start with gray and try to make it look realistic from there.  This is much more effective.  If I wanted a piece to be darker such as a Halloween prop I would still use the same process but just finish with some darker gray blue, green or purple splatters and then wipe them all off together.  That would glaze the piece with a cold drab look, but still have the appearance of natural stone.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step 6

Now this may seem like a pretty freeform process but there are a couple cardinal rules. 

One: Under no circumstances do you clean your brush. You want to get those random, accidental color mixtures that occur in nature; you know that purplish shade of orange or crimson teal. Like a mixture of mermaid spit and jackalope venom. 

Two: Don’t clean up after yourself. The paint will dry pretty quickly and you want to be ready to move when it’s just right so drop that empty paint cup and keep moving forward.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step 5

Step 5: Be warned this could make your driveway look like…rocks. Also your arms, legs, shoes hair etc.

Looking back on all of the faux finishes I've done in my career and guesstimating the math I think I've painted about a square mile of this stuff. Not all of it was splatters like this, but sponging ragging, wood-graining etc.

Here’s a close-up of what I hope looks vaguely stone like. In the mural business this is called a “faux finish”. Faux is French for “fake” with a nuance of “more crap that Americans will pay good money for.”  The sort of circular shapes are droplets and puddles that dried around the edges but not in the middle.  When I wiped it with a rag it left a ring.

True story: I was once painted a faux finish for a lady, following her instructions to the letter as she hovered over me looking clearly dissatisfied. Finally after she'd changed the job a dozen times as I went along, I got a bit irritated and said “what is it you want?” She said “make it …more faux”. I stared at her a moment and said “Maux faux?” She gave me a blank look. So I said “faux means fake, so what are you asking for? fake what?” More blank look.
After a long and painful conversation it finally came out that she had only ever heard the word faux finish described to her on the phone and had never actually seen an example of it. She was just trying to bluff her way through the deal.
That story has nothing to do with anything.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step 4

Step 4: I tried and failed to photograph myself doing this so I’ll have to try to explain. Lay a board flat preferably on an old table. Dip a crappy old house painting brush into the sloppy paint and get it dripping wet. Then hold it above your board and bang it hard against a stick. It will splatter EVERYWHERE so do this outside and wear old clothes.
This will create random patterns of mess all over the board. Dip the brush in the next cup and do it some more until you like what you have. Don’t clean or dry the brush.

 let the paint dry just a little. You want the tiny splatters to be dry and the large drops to be starting to dry around the edges. Then you wipe the whole thing with a wet rag blending all the different colors of wet paint together into a grimy stain. Be sure to stain the whole surface. If you want to modify it some after it has dried go back with an opposing color and splatter some more. Dark over light, light over dark, blue over orange etc. Don’t clean or dry the rag.

Notice how much the background of this photo (the ground) resembles the foreground?  This is exactly what we're aiming for.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Steps 2 & 3

Step 2: Eat Lots of yogurt so you can use the plastic tubs to mix paint for your projects.
Step 3: Do Lots of painting projects (not pictured) so you have a bunch of random leftover paint. Any color, all colors, the more the scarier. Seen here are varying shades of; black, white, blue, red, green, purple, yellow, orange, brown, you get the idea.
Add a slop of water to each tub so colors have a nice…watery consistency. Sorry for all the technical jargon.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step One

Hey Everybody! It’s time for Paint along with Gilead! Yaaaaay!!!! A fun series of posts where Gilead takes you step by step through his patented process of painting …well actually I don’t really know what I’m going to do, but hey, that’s half the fun right.

So are you ready here we go.

Step 1: Collect a bunch of old junk to clutter up your carport with (your wife will appreciate this much more than she pretends to do). In this case we have a bunch of old doors, closet doors, real estate signs and various bits of broken furniture. Patch holes with wood putty, sand and primer and you’re ready to move on to the next step. …just as soon as I figure out what the next step is going to be.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

#1 of 100

The first of my series of 100 paintings in 12 months.
There is a story behind this which I will share a little later.  Suffice to say that I have periods when a certain darkness and sadness takes me over.  It's not clinical depression it's almost more of a mild and only very occasional PTSD where a sound reminds me of another sound and I'm kind of pulled back in to the fear and pain of a past moment.  A moment when my world cracked to pieces and fell apart.  But I don't like paintings of fear and pain and darkness so I've found a way to let it all out by painting birds.  Birds are ephemeral, never really here, they appear and then they're gone before you can really get a look at them.  It turns out that life is much the same.

This is oil paint on a small recycled board.  The birds are life-sized.