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First day of Arcrylics – part 2

It was my first day of class –  Acrylic Painting – Part Two at the University Canada West – Fine Arts Program – Evening Art Classes. So far, so good. I’m working on a homework assignment; actually finding time to do it!

Speed painting

I’ve become addicted to time lapse paintings and drawings on YouTube. I was forwarded this link to the EclecticAsylumArt.  Holy crap is this guy good. Watch him create the Mona Lisa with ketchup and fries. It actually looks like the Mona Lisa. Jason is the artist’s name, and you will see him do this picture in 30 seconds.

Then I clicked on a speed-painting video by Speed Painting artist Nico Di Mattia. I’ve just found his web site, and he discusses the methods he uses.

SPIDER-MAN Speed Painting by Nico Di Mattia

Instead of using a mouse, he designs with a graphics tablet. This is a computer input device that allows one to hand-draw images and graphics, similar to the way one draws images with a pencil and paper. It consists of a flat surface upon which the user may “draw” an image using an attached stylus, a pen-like drawing apparatus. The image generally does not appear on the tablet itself but, rather, is displayed on the computer monitor. He also uses Photoshop 7. Now we’re talking my language! I think my next purchase will be this graphics tablet he speaks of. He’ll be posting an online tutorial on speed painting soon, stay tuned for more.

FYI – Here are a few online tutorials

Painting in a Day

I was searching for cool art blogs today, and did a search for “Painting in a Day”. I came across Jeff Hayes web blog. He describes this discipline as producing one new painting every day, and says it has become a phenomenon embraced by dozens of artists worldwide. Jeff Hayes attributes Duane Keiser as the pioneer of this idea and gives a special nod to Kevin Macpherson’s Reflections on a Pond project. When I went to Duane’s web site, I read that he stopped painting every single day about 1 year ago, but he still has a post every few days. I really like his latest of the Krispy Kreme donut.

Jeff Hayes blog lists about 100 artists and links to their web sites. These artists typically do a painting a day. Many of them sell on E-bay for prices starting at $100.00. Typically small in format – 6″x8″ or less, the collecting public is recognizing that these little treasures are a great way to build up their art collection.

Even cooler, I just found Jeff Hayes has video footage of time-lapse photos throughout the process of each of his paintings! WOW! These are then woven together to create short movies – usually around 2 minutes – showing all or at least part of the work

Check out these places to buy original art too:

Let me know if you buy a piece of art today. Tell me about the artist, and why you bought their work. Send me a link to the artists web site, or send me a photo of the piece!

Pretty on the Outside

PrettyontheOutsideAs I was going through my old artwork, I realized there’s a cartoon-like element to the work I’ve done. I’m also a third generation reader of the Star, Globe and National Enquirer magazines, and I have always followed celebrity gossip. I’ve finally had a chance to do an online search of who’s doing what, and found this great artist who does caricatures of celebrities captured in scenerios that have made recent headlines. Check out this blog called Pretty on the Outside to see the artwork by David Gilmore.


Here’s another great site that combines digital art, but adds in the celebrity factor. I’ve been doing this type of digital manipulation for years, mostly for funny birthday cards. Check out this other great site from Planet Hiltron creating really funny stuff with non-celebrity photos and the faces of Hollywood stars! 

The Art of Consumption

The title of my Blog is called, “The Art of Consumption”. The art of consumption has many word plays – I’m sure you can think of your own. There is an art to consuming what we see everyday whether it be food, news, or artwork. Too much, or too little can have adverse affects. I’ve been an artist for almost 20 years, predominantly as a digital artist designing the creative templates for software interfaces and web sites ( I’ve recently returned to more traditional work with acrylics and oil paints, and will be posting these shortly. In the meantime you can visit some of my other work at This blog will also follow what happening in the art world globally, from an international perspective, plus will follow what’s happening with art online. I’ve included some good links on my blog roll. I came across which directed me the web site of The Raw Artist and her success selling online. The Raw ArtistShe also participates in a lot of festival and art trade shows. She’s on my list to watch, and I quite like her work. After looking at her slide show, I read her collection testimonials. I agreed with the posted comments. Her work has a really dark edge to it, but is uplifting at the same time. It reminds me of the works I saw recently in London, England, at the Tate and Tate Modern, where artists were exploring the subconscious mind.

Here are a few other web sites I came across while searching the global art scene: