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”

On Experimental Drawing

By Thom Wright June 25, 2020 So much has been written about drawing – as an art form in itself, as an art practice to improve painting, and as a way to stimulate artistic creativity.  In experimental drawing even these aspects are limiting, where it can become a mixture and hybrid incorporating multiple media inContinue reading “On Experimental Drawing”

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”