The “Jazz Combo” Series, Part II

Monotypes Part 2, The “Jazz Combo” Series By Thom Wright 2020 Continuing from my earlier post on “The Jazz Series”, started in 2018, I continued making a series of 50 monotypes that year.  Most of them I kept and framed, and in this post, I describe my second of three groups of prints, those madeContinue reading “The “Jazz Combo” Series, Part II”

On Representational Figurative Painting

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”

On Mixed Media Collage 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”

On Figurative 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”

Early Forest Warning Paintings

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”

An Student Artist’s Global Warming Research Project

By Thom Wright   (2005 – 2020) Summary Thom Wright, as a graduate art student at Cal State University Long Beach in 2005, investigated a potential solution to Global Warming (now Climate Change), which is caused by increasing levels of green-house gases in the atmosphere due to human activity. While taking an art course in IntermediaContinue reading “An Student Artist’s Global Warming Research Project”

Does My Abstract Art Matter?

Does My Art Matter? Now in the 15th week of the corona-virus stay-in in the USA, with some businesses only now beginning o open again, how are artists coping with the drastic shifts occurring in the art market.  Taking much advice to heart, I have restarted my art website, which now includes this blog.  ItContinue reading “Does My Abstract Art Matter?”

Analysis of Making a Painting

To introduce myself to viewers as an “abstract expressionist” painter, the goal of this post is to walk through a number of stages of development of a selected painting in order to present my painting process and some of my thinking and decision making at each stage. This series consists of acrylic and ink onContinue reading “Analysis of Making a Painting”