You may have noticed my lack of visibility online over the past several months, well, now you can blame Paper Panther Productions. In May of 2016, I innocently agreed to work on an intriguing new venture conjured up by the wonderful Carol Freeman, one of the legs of the Paper Panther tripod.
Alongside Carol, three other stalwart painters, and several animators, we tackled a 6 minute short film, called The Bird and The Whale. When I hopped on board, work was already underway on a couple of different scenes. Here’s a timelapse of my first shot: The Storm.
This beautiful beast of a short film, consisting of thousands of paintings, is not quite finished. But it’s due in the next few months and I cannot wait to see it.
Please have a look at their page to see the work in progress, a teaser trailer, and a few studio shots, not to mention all the other marvelous projects by Paper Panther.
Jackson’s Art inaugural art prize competition whittled down 3100 submissions to just over 400 to a manageable long list for the judges to review. The short list will be announced on April 29th. Even if my piece doesn’t progress further, I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my work.
Update: This piece was not shortlisted, but I’m glad to have shared my work anyway!
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the opening events for the 186th RHA Annual. As expected, the gallery was elbow to elbow the entire time, replete with wine and good chats. You can see my painting, and hundreds of other great works, from now until June 11th. This piece is available for purchase – do go and have a look in person!
Update: This piece sold during the last week of the show to an enthusiastic and very kind collector.
“Evisceration of a holy ghost”
Oil on Birch Panel
25x30cm not including frame dimensions
Delighted to see this one go with a couple of newly weds. Fitting piece for the beginning of a new adventure.
Duality of Mind – oils on birch panel, 122 x 60 cm
Sold to a wonderful collector through The Kildare Gallery, Maynooth.
Head studies are one of my favorite things to paint. For me, this preparatory stage blends curiosity, observation, and empathy. It can be a real challenge to forward this sensitivity and energy on to the final portrait, as it’s tempting to worry over details in a “finished” piece.
This study of my mom was a natural choice for a first attempt at filming. As with learning any new skill, I faced a couple of unanticipated challenges:
1. I shot this film with a Nikon D3200, which is not really a video camera. You can only take 20 minutes of video footage at a time, and the camera overheats within an hour of using the Live View Movie setting. While I wasn’t expecting this, it wasn’t too big of an annoyance as I’m well adjusted to taking a break every 20 minutes or so, thanks to life drawing. However, the battery overheating was a let down, as I was in flow and didn’t want to wait for it to cool down. Hence the missing documentation of finishing up the last few bits.
2. As any artist knows, lighting can be a challenge. And filming added another dimension to these potential frustrations. Fluorescent lights emit a specific frequency and if your camera is not adjusted to this, your film will end up with horrible flickering bands of light across the footage. This is easily prevented by adjusting your camera’s frequency under menu options. (Check your model’s manual for specific directions.) Generally, fluorescents in the states are at 60Htz and those in Europe and Asia, 50Htz. Changing daylight can be prevented easily with a sturdy pair of curtains.
If you have access to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, you can download and use Premiere Pro for editing your footage. As someone who suspects that computers are sentient beings who actively hate humans, Premiere Pro was pretty intuitive. Not to mention the hundreds of free tutorials online.
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