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Closeup of oil painting with figure next to rosesGood morning!

I hope you had a great weekend and are looking forward to a beautiful week! 

I am here to announce that I will be blogging on here regularly, every Monday morning. The purpose of this blog is to document my studio practice, share my latest projects with you all as well as tips, tricks, interesting articles pertaining to the arts, creativity, technology and popular culture, or simply share about my life as relevant to my studio practice. 

At the moment, I am working on a portrait series in oils and am close to finishing the first painting in the series. I am going back to my roots with this work. What do I mean by this?

I first fell in love with oil paint when I was a kid, starting with those paint by number sets and my first painting on canvas was made in 1996 with Van Gogh oil paints straight from the tube - no medium. I didn't know what I was doing but I LOVED it. Somewhere between High School and the end of Art School I lost my interest in oils. It seemed too fussy and I had all these worries about toxicity. I was insecure about whether or not I was "doing it right." I found myself moving paint around for the sake of it and "making mud" due to hesitation and indecision. 

Another reason I am saying that I'm going back to my roots is because I am revisiting, reintroducing and refining my visual vocabulary with this series to dig deeper within from a symbolism standpoint while continuing this path of painting where I celebrate a direct, painterly, somewhat impressionistic approach.

I am happy to say that I am enjoying a solvent free studio practice today and am able to paint with oils at home on my dining room table and mostly painting straight from the tube. In the future, I will be happy to share how I do this along with resources.

Have you read "How to Be an Artist?" I read it over the weekend and thought it was spot on in so many ways. If you want to learn more about Jerry Saltz check out this podcast. I am amazed at how he built himself to become a Pulitzer-winning art critic for the masses when at age 40 he was a truck driver. He was a failed artist who decided he couldn't NOT work in the art world. Inspiring! 

I hope you have a great week and I look forward to any feedback you may have - xoxo

-RZB



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