Friday, December 2, 2016

M.William on Instagram

If you happen to be on Instagram and are interested in getting more updates on new work and process shots, please feel free to search "mwilliamart" and follow me.  Thanks!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Alternate Angles

Upon request from a few buyers, I just posted some photos of all my available pieces from different angles so people can get a better feel for the pieces as objects as well as paintings.  Here are some samples:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella (no.138)

5" x 7" x 1.5", oil on masonite panel


Moonlit Flower Arrangement (no.137)

8" x 10" x 3/4", oil on linen mounted to masonite panel


The source photo for this came from a set of photos taken about 3 yrs. ago, one of which I used to paint "White Peony (no.100)".  I probably put it on the back burner because I didn't want to make two floral pieces so close together, but I think enough time has passed to not worry about that anymore.  I focused on making sure that the highlights on the white flowers never strayed too far from the electric blue I saw in the photo and also on not revealing too much of the vase as I liked the feeling of the flowers springing from an empty void.  For some reason the lower right area of the glass became incredibly stubborn toward the end.  I've said this before, but I find it's often the areas that seem like they're going to be the easiest that end up driving you nuts.  I had to force myself to slow down and study the physical properties of the highlighted water-filled glass in front of the drapery in order to figure out why it didn't feel right.   

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Izzy on Oriental Rug Timelapse

Looking back and seeing the metamorphosis of a portrait (either human or animal) is always the most interesting to me.  Here is Izzy's 5-step transformation from sketchy ghost cat to hideous creature of nightmares to adorably helpless puffball kitten to...well, to Izzy. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

White Meadowsweet (no.136)

8" x 8" x 3/4", oil on linen mounted to masonite panel


I love painting large masses of white flowers and these kept catching my eye every time I walked past them in our backyard. The subtle tonal shifts and slightly off-white coloring of the petals were the things I prioritized, and I tried to stay cognizant of the shift between cool to warm light going from left to right. It was also interesting to try this new surface - the uneven weave of the linen adding texture and making the edges a bit rougher.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Titanium White and Cerulean Blue on Palette (no.135)

5" x 7" x 1.5", oil on masonite panel


My second self-referential, "painting about painting" piece after the last one of my brush cleaning jar. This, like the jar, was incredibly fun to paint and as a result felt like it got finished in no time at all. The simple concept of painting paint using that specific paint with which to paint it is pretty awesome (it also makes choosing your colors a no-brainer, although I did mix in some ultramarine for the blob of cerulean and burnt sienna for the white). It presented me with an array of new mark-making techniques to explore and I think projects like this are becoming increasingly important for me as they add new challenges to the mix. The paint blobs and the palette glass, like the brush cleaning jar, are things I find much physical beauty in and feel are worthy of tribute.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Izzy on Oriental Rug (no.134)

5" x 7" x 1.5", oil on masonite panel


I see this scene or one similar to it multiple times a day while walking through the kitchen to and from my studio, so at this point it feels like a significant part of my daily life and I attempted to capture it. If you are a full-time artist working from home and you do not have a cat, I highly suggest you get one to keep the cabin fever from completely driving you nuts. Not all cats will make a difference, but luckily Izzy is charismatic and vocal enough to help me stave off the feeling that I'm completely isolated during the day (I've told myself that when I start talking to her and she talks back, it's time to consider getting out more). She is always a great model because she barely moves and I particularly enjoyed painting the white tufts of fur illuminated by the afternoon light. The two rugs underneath her in this scene also seemed to blend seamlessly with her natural aura of elegance.