Repeating One Song for Hours

It’s the end of the year and Spotify graciously created a playlist of my top 100 most played songs for 2017, conveniently called “top songs for 2017.” It’s my second such playlist (2016 was jammed full of good music, some new and plenty not so new) and let me tell you, this playlist is full of songs I remember putting on repeat and just letting them play endlessly.

Sometimes a song is so freaking good, so well made, speaks so clearly to my inner being that I simply have to listen to it… over and over and over. Constantly, without stop.

Here’s a couple:

  • “Let Go – Sir Sly Remix” by RAC, Kele, MNDR
  • “Warrior” by Steve James, Lights
  • “Strong – RAC Remix” by London Grammar, RAC
  • Stranger than Earth” by Purity Ring

In other news, I painted a picture of Dianne. 🙂
Journey before Destination

-Jesse

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out” – Dr. Seuess

A Place to Call Home

Life surely is some sort of journey.
Many steps taken in one or different directions – over a lifetime – will take you somewhere. But is it the place you want to be?

I’ve found myself deliberately (and accidentally) in places, doing things that if I’d asked my younger self, I would have surely laughed at the question.

Regardless, here I am.
Luckily I’m still me, haven’t lost myself or my love of art.

-Jesse

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”
– Erol Ozan

Mandy Spaceleft the Space Cadet

If someone would have told me to stop using Photoshop and not draw anything digital for months on end, if I wanted to level up my art skills. I probably would have told them to go fuck themselves.

But.
As life likes tends to do, it once again showed me that I’m the amateur in this game called life and it’s the veteran.

Well fair enough.

There is something oddly relaxing about the traditional mediums and the tactile pleasure of pencil on paper. I like it.

And then I started painting and that mother filet has a mind of its own. Like trying to calm a waterfall. It doesn’t act like Photoshop painting… But my exercises of not using the color picker was extremely helpful though.

Although, the process was quite the struggle I found patient, mindful strokes – like a slow methodical game of chess – got me further than just blindly adding coatings of paint.

All and all
I’ll definitely do again
Maybe even something serious in the not too distant future.

P.S. I miss my computer.

The Journey
– Jesse

Three Years Later

Three Years Ago . . .

Mr. Forrester my Web Design teacher had the class create a WordPress blog as part of one of our final assignments.
Looking back I couldn’t be more happier that he did.  The community of artists that I’ve met and interacted with have pushed and encouraged me, helping me grow as an artist and also nurture my own style.

Sometimes creating and expressing yourself can be a difficult and intimidating task.  But being surrounded by people (both similar and different to myself) all going through and dealing with the same thing helped me and gave me courage to keep pushing my craft forward.

I wouldn’t have made it this far without you all.
For that, I’m eternally grateful.

Here’s to the Journey

-Jesse

 

“He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three

 

Feeling fabulous, fortunate and freaking excited for an outstanding Friday launch.  Friday will mark my third year anniversary of my Blog and as the site goes through the final testing phase, I’m excited to see everything coming together nicely.

My check list for the next four days.

  • Fix “About” page
  • Double/triple check mobile functionality
  • Seek alternatives for current “Portfolio” Lightbox presentation
  • Continue Fixing archived “Blog” post images
  • Finalize WordPress and other Social aspects of Blog/Portfolio

“Only those who attempt the absurd…will achieve the impossible.” -M.C. Escher

Bella Will Resist

I’m enjoying the Inky Leak Brush set I scooped up from GrutBrushes, I have an idea for a whole series of illustrations with them, but that’ll be for another time.  For now, I’m just experimenting and getting a feel for what each of them do.

When I sat down to create today, I initially started to make another series of thumbnail/paintover/explorations, but I got distracted by some of the earlier stages and just started having fun.  Before I knew it I had something that was really catching my eye and I just rolled with it.

A previous version had her blowing air bubbles out of each sides of her mouth apparatus, like deep sea divers might.  I’ll probably revisit the idea, putting her under water, with hair flowing and maybe some pipes/chains flowing out and around her.

Time will tell.
For now, it’s bedtime.

Journey before Destination

-Jesse

 

 

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

Larry Will Resist

I wasn’t sure where to start.
I had this idea (unclear as it was/is), but just couldn’t seem to figure out the best way to express it.  So, instead of sitting around thinking about it, I just started creating.

Creation turns out to be a great place to start creating.

Expect to see more thumbnails in the future while I’m sorting through my blueprints and gathering tools.

The Journey is becoming quite exciting!
-Jesse

“Let my soul smile through my heart & my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

Renka

 

Not sure where this came from, but it was fun to create.
So, many colors!

-Jesse

 

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”
–Amy Bloom

Gloria from Peach Dahlia

 

I decided to do things a bit differently this time around.

For starters I kept my brush at 100% Opacity.

Secondly, I only used one brush (the Horse Main brush from the Impasto Brushes from the GrutBrushes.com).

Thirdly, I choose my color palette prior to starting this painting, which felt weird, but I had already chosen the reference image and had some inspiration.  So, my color choices were based off of those feelings and ideas.

soon

Lastly, I did my best to think before placing each brushstroke, focusing on if using a vertical or horizontal or diagonal stroke would be best then choosing the appropriate color, then making the stroke.

All in all, I didn’t waste as much time and energy fixing mistakes or changing things and I felt like the painting as a whole came together far smoother than previous paintings.  I can’t wait to use this technique again.

-Jesse

 

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Tambourine

 

Big yawn and misspelled words informs me of my bedtime
Reaching my early middle years
A gentle reassurance that I still have time

-Jesse

 

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work!” – Thomas Edison

Momentum

 

Dumbledore only has so much hair.

-Jesse

 

“There Are Far Better Things Ahead Than Any We Leave Behind.” –  C.S. Lewis

Growling

 
-Jesse

 

“Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.” ~Samuel Butler