'HERES LOOKING AT YOU, KID!' 2012 oil on canvas (c) Loren Fidalgo 2012
Well, it's time for an 'on my EASEL' painting to be featured on my blog and this painting is a little different than I usually talk about. Maybe it is because I posted my painting, 'CHUNKY, CHUNKY GIRL' yesterday and it just put me in a funny and light hearted mood? Yeahhh..., yesterday's painting post, it's still cracking me up! So here goes another round...
When I first started this painting in 2012, I was really interested in faces and depicting the human face in my sketches and paintings. I usually love to add these big super huge cheeks to illustrate the delight and charm of my characters. That's not to say that my faces are always happy and elated. Sometimes they are somber and suffering with despair. (that's a subject for another post) For this post, I will be focusing on this particular painting 'Here's looking at you, kid!' and the joyful nature of this girl and her suitor who came to give her his heart.
In one of my painting classes I was taking at the time of this painting, I was doing a lot of sketches in my book and the idea was that they were supposed to be from my imagination and/or a memory from something I saw during my day.. In this class, I learned to draw from lightly scribbling on the paper and watching until eventually something would emerge from the scribbling Maybe it was from my imagination or maybe even a dream?. Well, most of my scribble drawings I drew became faces of people with a lot of interesting features that had a lot of character. When I first started painting, I would paint large red and round circles for cheeks and then around 2010, I started creating these paintings with these round, ball cheeks that seemed to be popping out of the faces and off the canvases.. What the large cheeks truly meant, I did not know however, I kept drawing and painting them.
In this painting , she has really large cheeks as I have mentioned and she seems to be just thrilled with who she is and what she is about. (so I think. I haven't asked her!). She is delighted with the little male bird has chosen to make it's way over to her to give her his heart. He reaches his beak up to her while holding the little red heart as symbolism for his literal heart. This bird surely wants to give himself to her. The excitement on her face is clearly evident and it reminds me of the place I was in emotionally when I painted her. She seems somewhat coquetious, and a little kooky as if she is so proud of herself and why shouldn't she be? I wasn't feeling in the same mood when I painted her, so I don't know where I pulled this image from my mind, that has such a euphoric tone. Possibly, it was from another part of my mind that I was not accessing at the time I was painting? That happens to me sometimes. Maybe it happens to you, too? For me, I will paint and just be in the 'zone' so deeply that may not be conscious of what I am expressing. Sometimes, I don't know for months or years as in this painting what it is truly about. And the colors...I also don't know why I chose to paint with the colors I did?
This painting is in oils and in this painting the colors are Naples Yellow, Cadmium Red, Titanium White, Cerealean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black and Cadmium Yellow. I love to paint faces in yellows and warm colors. I especially love to use Naples Yellow in my faces. I know it can be tricky color to use and sometimes it can be overused, but at the time I had seemed to be taken to it and loved the buttery consistency and texture. . I used Utrecht Brand oils then and I still do. I love them and they meet my needs.
So that's a wrap up for 'on my EASEL'. I hope you enjoyed this one? I think I am still discovering what my paintings are all about and I like to share the journey of discovery with you. Keep reading my posts and please feel free and easy to leave a comment if you would like? I'd love to hear what you are thinking and feeling?
Cheers for now,
|'SEARCHING FOR MEANING' oil on canvas 18x24 (c) Loren Fidalgo 2010|
Hey guys... it's about time for a new 'on my EASEL' painting to be 'looked at up close'. This is where I talk about a specific painting and the thought process I went through to create it.
I am excited to write about this painting because it is an earlier conceptual/fantasy work that I did and it is interesting in texture and subject matter. Let's get to it...
|'OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND' 18x24 oil on canvas by (c) LOREN FIDALGO 2011|
I was thinking about how the young girl seemed to look so 'cartoonish' in nature, somewhat surreal/fantasy like. I liked the juxtaposition of this and the reality of the subject matter. Her face shows her smiling and yet at the same time, she is crying only able to reveal one single tear. Her eyes, as well as the other characters eyes are as if they are on a strand of string which is being pulled from the heads and out of her mouth. One eye after another, then another, are coming out .
This illustrates the title that she is 'out of sight', i.e.' she and they have lost their eyes and 'out of mind' because she has lost her mind to the characters residing in her head. All the missing eyes are windows to the soul to this captivating girl and those who live 'upstairs' with her.
The technique of the textured effect was painted in layers beginning with the dark colors first and solely building up to the lightest and brightest areas on top. I used a palette knife to lift the paint off the palette and lay it down onto the canvas. I 'pushed and pulled' the paint around the canvas to the desired areas and I carved and sculpted right into the layers of paint below. This could look random, however, it took some patience and time for the layers of paint to dry to allow for the additional layers of paint to be put on top. The end result is this combination of 'a little bit of paint and a lot of paint' all in one painting.
Well, this is a wrap up for this ' 'on my EASEL' painting. I hope you enjoyed the new subject matter and the different technique from my other works? If you have an interpretation of this painting that is different from my own, please by all means, share. I would love to hear what others think about this piece. I will be posting another piece with a similar technique some time in the future.
Thanks for checking in to reading about this piece and please feel free to leave a comment if you would like to. It is greatly appreciated.
This posts painting is titled, 'The bombs bursting in air 9 11'. This painting is 24x30 and oil on canvas.
|The Bombs bursting in air 9 11 2013 oil on canvas 24x30 (c) Loren Fidalgo|
I was also stunned at what I had created on the canvas. It was not planned nor was it intentional. It just flowed out of my hand and brush and onto the canvas without consciously thinking about it. If you might ask," how did I really create this experience in this painting"? I can only tell you, "I do not know" What I do know is that something was channeling through me about the horror and sadness of that day 9 11 and it appeared on my painting. I was just the vecihle and I had to paint it on the canvas.
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I think an artist's thought process is so important to get to know the artist's inner soul. It helps you to get to know how the artists thinks and feels. I thought I would like to start this section to give you a 'play by play' of the world that I go into when I am creating. I will talk about what I am inspired by. It could be colors, shapes, memories of certain experiences, patterns and emotions/feelings. conversations with other people, reading, looking out my windows at nature and so on... For me, when I am approaching a conceptual piece it always starts with a feeling or idea in my mind. When painting abstract, it starts with some things more ambiguos like colors, shapes and patterns that I am imagining in my head. Some days are feeling like a yellow day and some days a crimson day and so on.... Some times I see a beautiful color and need to paint it out to see how it feels. Some times circles or squares keep nagging at me until I put the paint on the canvas. I never know what will capture my attention and be in the fore front of my mind when I am painting or creating anything so follow along with me as I try to explain my unexplainable process of creating art.
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'Heading towards the light' 24 x 30 oil on canvas Loren Fidalgo