Finding balance with art
Adding conceptual meaning to abstract painting
What gives a painting oxygen.
A little color theory with examples to explore.
Making more small mixed media paintings on paper
“Work on Paper #1″, 9″ x 9”, Mixed media on paper, 2007 – 2020
By Thom Wright 2020 A Western art tradition for over 500 years, representational figure painting continues to be taught and practiced today. In my art education I spent about ten years taking classes to draw and paint the figure. After doing undergrad required art courses part time for four years at Cal State U LongContinue reading “On Representational Figurative Painting”
By Thom Wright 2020 One of the many paths towards abstract painting begins with watercolor and paper collage. In my first twenty years as a landscape watercolor painter, I had read about many other painters working this way, and I experimented with it as well. The salient requirement here is to make the added piecesContinue reading “On Mixed Media Collage Painting”
For years I studied the figure, in many life drawing classes especially. While I did learn proportion, I could not transfer that experience to painting the figure. Painting is different from drawing, where it’s brushes, not charcoal or pencil, and color versus greys. My better drawings tend to be expressionistic, and that’s the direction thatContinue reading “On Figurative Painting”
I began my “Forest Warning” series in 2018, and started as usual with some small studies. At that time, a rather new painting approach was becoming “popular” on the web, called “paint pouring”. The major characteristic of this approach has to do with its completely unpredictable outcome, because of the rather free of hand pouringContinue reading “Early Forest Warning Paintings”