Hey!! I'm really thrilled! It's June! A month of victory! The month I got married! Yes! And I'm gonna be starting this new series on "Kidz, Life, Art and Stuff"- It's a visual documentary of my observations as a dad at home with the kidz!
Last year I was at home with them for 7 months while my wife worked at Three Bridges-I had to move all my painting gear to my house, during that period I really got to relate with them better and watch them more closely because I was basically with them for the whole day apart from when they were at school, prayed together, I dropped them and picked them up, cooked, bathed, did everything....school work, played games, and often went mad too!
I enjoyed growing up as a kid and I never feel I have grown up myself! So I really enjoyed being what my wife didn't really like to hear me say at the time. But I will, I was "The Househusband".
Everyday was different, I either sketched, took photos or painted....So get ready to enjoy the fruits of this period!
KLAAS I -Joshua paints on a hot day in the afternoon
|Kidz, Life, Art and Stuff I, 8" x 8", Oil on Board|
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|Stage 1- Grid scaling becomes a necessity to make sure the drawing is positioned right.|
|Stage 2- I am using the Anders Zorn palette of 4 colours only-Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre and Ivory Black. I start the sketch with a mixture of black and red, it is diluted with mineral spirits for fluidity.|
|Stage 3- I run straight into painting shape by shape, my emphasis here is not to overwork it and keep the edges alive! I love mixing mysterious greys!|
|Stage 4- Bad picture, but this was the stage that I had covered the whole surface, moving shape by shape. It's the "Inside out" technique I often use. It's when i start from a particular point inside the piece and gradually move out.|
|Stage 5- More of the final stage, a few refining details and the picture also taken in better light.|
|This is a progress shot while on the easel.|
|My palette for this painting.|
"There comes a time in your life that you just believe anything is possible! You link up with The Spirit and you defeat that ego which keeps telling you, "you can't". You defy the odds and deliver the goods! The future can only be bright to the artist that thinks of possibility!!!"-Adebanji Alade