This afternoon, as I made my way home at the end of another highly physical work day, I looked down at my $200 Citizens of Humanity skinny-jeans and took note: Faded, caked in mud, stretched in all the wrong places (due to constant washing and drying at the local coin laundry), and near-holes everywhere.
Translucent layering is my favorite technique to create depth, add harmony & change the mood of my paintings. In the following blog post, I describe 2 types of translucent layering techniques & how to apply them.
Plaster is my super secret weapon of choice when it comes to texture building. In fact, it is so good and effective, that I have often been asked not to share this trade secret with my students (when I teach at some art stores), for fear that they would buy the plaster instead of the products at the art store.
I love textured paintings! Whether this is done by working with acrylic paint alone, the use of different application tools, mediums and/or incorporating mixed media elements, texture is a great way to experiment and create paintings that are uniquely personal. In the following blog post, I share my 2 favorite mediums for creating texture: Gel Medium & Modeling/Molding Paste.
Hello Salt Lake City friends! I would like to invite you to participate in my upcoming 2-day Fearless Abstract Painting workshop on February 10 & 11 from 10 am - 4 pm in partnership with the fabulous Portia Snow.
Portia's 1,000 square feet studio has all of my favorite elements: brick walls, wood floors, large windows, and lots of room for us to paint wild, fearless and free!
Space is limited to 12 participants.
For more information & to register, please follow the link bellow:
2018 marks 10 years of Fearless Abstract Painting! I never imagined that a technique I invented in a makeshift studio in my parent's basement would touch the lives of so many and change the course of my life forever.
A humble & heartfelt "Thank You" to the students that took (and continue to take) my classes & workshops and who have given me the opportunity to do what I love. In celebration of this anniversary, I am dedicating a Fearless Student Gallery on my website to you: the Fearless Abstract Painter.
Would you like your painting to be featured in the Fearless Student Gallery? Email me your name, a high resolution jpeg. image & the title of your painting.
Ten years ago, I found myself newly divorced, living back with my parents, out of work on an extended medical leave, and face to face with the terrifying realization that the life I had created up until that point, was one that I did not enjoy living.
Early in my career, I was met with conflicting advice from two of my favorite instructors concerning whether or not I should paint the sides of my canvas.
There are many reasons why a painting is (dare I say) the most important element in interior decorating. Paintings provide an instant color palette, create a focal point, bring a sense of texture, and make the room appear finished. But perhaps my favorite reason is this: The painting you chose tells a story about who you are.
Imagine your favorite daSilva Fine Art paintings hanging above the mantle of a fireplace in your living space or standing proudly above the bed in your master suite:
When I first arrived in Hawaii, I was quick to realize that the Moon & Turtle was my favorite restaurant in Hilo both for it's delicious local cuisine and modern ambience. I am beyond excited and honoured to announce my first solo exhibition in Hawaii at the Moon & Turtle starting December 4th.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.