I really enjoy painting these floating islands and giving them their own theme and personality. Here is a link to the Daily Paintworks auction Painting Auction
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
This is my third auction this week, follow the link to check out the auction if you are interested. http://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/staar-caswell-1579/artwork
Sunday, January 24, 2016
I have just started using Daily Paintworks to sell my paintings and have set up an auction for this little gem. Come on over and check it out if you are interested Staar Caswell Daily Paintworks .
I have been working on some fantasy type art for the past 6 months and have really been enjoying the freedom of painting in this style. I think in this fast paced world, escaping to one of these islands seems like a nice reprieve.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
I really enjoy painting and have pretty much always painted in a realistic style but a couple of years ago I was introduced to intuitive painting. I have never been so happy or free while painting as I am when I paint intuitively. It is very liberating to smear, dab, spray and let paint run with not much though to an outcome or how much the paint or canvas cost (this canvas is 4 feet x 4 feet and cost me $16 to make). Just pick a colour and a spot and let it fly!
I have had a few "failures" while painting intuitively but you know,,,, I just gessoed over top and started a new one, cost maybe a dollar or two, price of a cup of coffee at most. I am not sure I always learn something when I paint this way but then again, for me it is more about the moment and the feeling than what is left on the canvass. That is the hard part, allowing any outcome and not judging it good or bad but more so how it felt, did you loose yourself in the process, were you able to relax and unwind?
For me it is always more about the energy that I want to communicate onto the canvas with paint, hard and soft edges, gradations and sudden colour changes. Contrasts in colour and colour harmony, it is all so interesting how it flows together and to just let go of what we think painting is or should be and just allow it to be whatever you need or want it to be.
I am gearing up to teach some workshops locally in the new year and plan also to have some online tutorials and meet ups to go over some of the techniques and ways to prepare to be able to just let go and leave the rules checked at the door. Instead to tap into intuition and allow it to flow and dominate the painting session.
The only close up pic I have with my sweet grandson who loves to paint with his Nana.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
I am turning a few sketches into pdf colouring pages, I thought if people can benefit from the mindfulness of colouring why not. It also give me some subjects to hone my inking and illustrations skills.
Here is the link, Adult colouring page of koi fish.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015
This was a lot of fun but I did find it difficult. I did follow a computer generated tutorial to get most of this blocked in, in my sketch book. If your interested I am posting almost every day on Instagram and I really like how easy it is and the interaction with other is a awesome feature. Here is the link to my account http://instagram.com/staarcaswell/.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Well I did not feel like painting, so I got out my coloured pencils and fine point marker and went to town in my sketch book. I really enjoyed getting lost in the meditative and slightly mundane actions of cross hatching and shading.
Some times getting started on a painting seems like a huge chore but picking up my sketch book and a couple of coloured pencils feels more light hearted and not quite so daunting.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
This is the first semi successful painting I've worked on since this fall. I have not done myself any favours by not painting regularly and I will be dedicating part of my day hopfully everyday to painting.
This red pepper was all done in acrylic but I would like to go in with a touch of oils here and there where I had trouble blending the colours. I love the way oils feel and the natural glow that comes from them but it seems a tad bit easier to jump into a painting session with acrylic, I think it's because I am more familiar with them and they dry so quickly that I can apply glazes and build up the painting quicker.
Anyway now that I have a game plan lets see how well I can stick to it!