So yesterday I attended my first figure drawing session since college and I’d have to say…I’m terrible. I had always been notoriously bad at this for as long as I can remember and “lo and behold” by not practicing I’m STILL bad hahaha….possibly the worst in that session. I’ve spent the bulk of my practice time on color and light and now it’s becoming pain stakingly obvious that I have I hole in my game but I am determined to fix this issue. So from now on I will attend figure drawing sessions once a week to focus on my many anatomy weaknesses ( hands, feet, face….everything) until I’m satisfied. Take a look at session 1!

Lot of choices I’m going to have to make soon so this painting was more of a reflection time than anything else. This was my sketch of the sky after my run in the morning. The grey rain clouds were beginning to reveal the light of the day. 

Greg Mitchell, His and her’s ferrari nig*&!

Lot of choices I’m going to have to make soon so this painting was more of a reflection time than anything else. This was my sketch of the sky after my run in the morning. The grey rain clouds were beginning to reveal the light of the day. 

Greg Mitchell, His and her’s ferrari nig*&!

Phone Life Paint 5

Phone Life Paint 5

Another one! I swear while I’m working on these I think “Wow Greg, droppin that Michelangelo on these homies.” Then as soon as I load up the painting on my computer I’m like “Wtf is this!! Needless to say I’m hardly ever pleased but here is the  painting I did in front of the Starbucks I frequent. It was a nice cloudy morning.

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Greg Mitchell, If you don’t knowww now you know

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A couple more for you guys. These two were painted at Bethesda Park and Five Forks Trickum Park. I’ve made doing paintings from a life a daily habit not particularly to get better (though it’s fantastic for that) but just to have some time to myself outside. I like being outside. There is something that us modern artist are missing by spending the majority of time behind a computer screen, it’s just not natural. So when I get to go outside with my phone and my stylus I feel the air, the breeze, the atmosphere and ultimately end up translating those things into how the color truly feels. When I’m at my home studio I find I’m just trying my best to remember how it was when I was outside, I don’t actually feel anything. Because of this situation a lot of the art work being produced worldwide feels very stale even though it may be technically better than pieces done in the past. It’s very saddening to me. There are a few artist I know of that seem to have mastered going into that “outside”place while they are in doors  (Nathan Fowkes, Paul Lasaine, and Pascal Campion to name a few) but for the most part with us younger artist this is not the case. I hope new technologies advance to allow artist to properly work outdoors again soon.

Greg Mitchell, More phone life paints here: http://gregmitchellart.com/life-paintings/