June 28th, 2012

Tools for Murals

mural tools
All the painting tools required for a professional job:

1. Ladder – Especially when you are 5’1″ a ladder comes in handy.

2. Carrying Device – Anything portable works, but I have found these little crates let me see what I am digging for. I just have to remember to throw an old rag in the bottom of it so paint dribbles don’t have the chance to escape.

3. Water – I use water soluble paints so this is a must-have for mixing and cleaning. The big jug (previously iced tea) is good for cleaning and the water bottle is better for mixing small amounts of aqua into the paint.

4. Drop Cloth – Don’t pretend like you aren’t messy.

5. Brushes – Depends on the size of the mural, but I have 4″ – 1″ brushes and a grab-bag of smaller sizes for details.

6. Mixing Bowls – The several-dollar, partitioned serving tray turned out to be an ideal mixing surface. I put water in the middle and cooler, darker colors on one side and warmer, brighter colors on the other. Otherwise plastic bowls or used food containers work for larger quantities. It’s ok to be cheap here.

7. Paint. – These are household interior acrylic latex paints. Semi-gloss. It seems to be able to stand up to a little wear and tear. Gloss seems a little too shiny for me, and matte is too dull. I get 5 or 6 basic colors usually. Last time I got purple, green, red, yellow, white, blue and brown. They were just picked from the paint chips at the store. It is also important to prime first and seal as a last step if necessary.

Other extras include painters tape for taping off edges. Music is something to consider bringing. Also useful is an extension cord and fan.

June 28th, 2012

Palette Variance

palette mash up

Recently, I was inspired to investigate my current palette selections. While there are some slight differences, I must admit that my palette does not seem to change significantly between paintings, only the amount of paint I go through per tube. Also, I might just be a bit of a color whore.

June 26th, 2012

Spelunker

spelunker
Trying to reduce my palette, but I still managed to sneak in a little Roy G. Biv throughout the whole painting. Another small, unplanned 9″x12″. The next one is going to have a game plan and a twice the canvas so wish me luck.

June 22nd, 2012

Happy Plants

Jungle Cave Dragon Paint
These delightful Lyons Artist canvas panels are definitely great for painting on over and over again to get your practice on, but eventually I have to spring for some smoother surfaces (or larger surfaces, this image is only 9″x12″). The texture of the canvas makes it challenging at this size to both lay in tiny details and to photograph or scan a smooth, final image. Everything just ends up emphasizing the texture of the canvas. I did just invest single digit dollars into a polarizing lens for my camera, however, and that is at least cutting down a little bit on the glare.

June 19th, 2012

Disintegration of the Mind.

disintegration of the mind
In an overly dramatic fashion, I bring you ‘Disintegration of the Mind’ or ‘Spring Cleaning’. On an unregulated schedule, thoughts shift and provoke the reevaluation of one’s present circumstances. This conscious window of opportunity allows for a more objective view and an explosion of possibilities that if ignored, leads to a lingering state of self-doubt wrapped up in the guise of an alien cyclopes Nefertiti hybrid.

June 14th, 2012

Pirate Painting? Promptly!

Pirate Party
I must confess, whenever I say “ARClark Art” I say it with pirate inflection on the ‘AR’s’. It’s why I chose to stick with it as my name versus an alternative hybrid mash-up of syllables. This image is not 100 percent finessed,  I plan to work with it digitally now that it’s scanned in and offer a before and after. Yar.

Now phase one of the digital attack has begun. Laying in base shapes in Illustrator working from the background sky to the middle ground containing the ship and focusing on the squid last. Personally I’m discovering a lot of frustration when using gradients, it’s not as intuitive as my Photoshop experience leads me to believe it should be. I am using the pencil tool to construct shapes rather than the pen tool, it just seems to go faster. Details will develop on the next round.
paddlingpirate

And some more details — still trying to figure out what works best for refinement.
paddling pirate

May 28th, 2012

A Step by Step Mural

mountain wall
Photos courtesy of LexiXD Photography.

House Wall
Photos courtesy of LexiXD Photography.

The goal of this project was to create a soothing environment for the clients at Northwest Journey Counseling and Treatment Clinic. One of the therapeutic tools set into motion in the mural is the bridge. The planks contain words like hate, anger, denial, help, forgiveness. Clients can reflect on which of these words best describes what they are feeling and from there, they can try to develop a way to progress to the most positive state. Some other calming elements include looking for hidden animals and investigating the natural surroundings.

Below is a step by step progression:

final wall

This mural was a collaboration with Dan Nesseth. More photos also available at ARClark Art Facebook Page

May 23rd, 2012

Owl Bear

owl bear
According to several experts, this is the elusive Owl Bear. Possibly intoxicated.

May 18th, 2012

Blue Skull


A little bit of pastel and charcoal paper + some creative props in life drawing.

May 18th, 2012

Capital Idea.

capital punishment
I can not say that I agree with ending another person’s life but I was assigned pro capital punishment as my political agenda for a life drawing and sometimes you just have to go with it. The best argument that I could accept is that people committing crimes heinous enough to be in line for capital punishment are deemed “monsters” and should be contained and subdued. The second argument for capital punishment is that as a society, lethal injection (in this case, a three part system of Pentobarbital, Pancuronium bromide and Potassium chloride if anyone is curios about the top third of the painting) seems to have advanced the applications of  humane death. It sure beats out boiling alive, stoning, flaying and beheading, to name a few. Granted, I’m sure there are still harsh and brutal death penalties, but compared to the alternatives, lethal injection seems tame. The whole life-ending process boils down to a medicinal and sterile setting that is easier to cope with for those not seeking revenge.

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