painting everyday

In some ways, stop motion animation is less rigid and meditative than a 24×24 hyperreal oil painting. Something is freeing about whimsically painting as the notion strikes. I am spending more time in the studio. Instead of cramming hours of painting into one sitting and then not painting again for a few days. I find myself painting every day.

The smaller, non-mounted paintings are painted, wiped away, and painted over in small increments. I take photos between each wipe and repaint. Then I run them through Light Room to correct any changes in light. How quickly the earth turns when you are hand painting the animation! Once I correct the exposure and flip the images (the camera is mounted upside down), I place images into Final Cut. I enjoy adding the sounds effects.

In other ways, animation is tedious, slow, and frustrating as heck. I am far too critical. I try hard to shake that criticism while remembering it is ok to fail. Failure is a good thing. If the animation is a failure, I will have lots of small sketch paintings. I am still doing what I love.

Driving at night, still from 3rd semester animation.

Thank you for following my art journey.


Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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