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A generous donor gave $5k for a painting to be completed by yours truly during the 2013 Project for Awesome - watch me work on it!

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(0:00) Hey! Hey, Hey, Hey! Broadcast is now live! You're gonna have to give me a second while I tweet about this and share the link and get everything else figured out. There's gonna be a lot of me talking to myself, trying to figure out how to talk to you, talking about me, talking… (Mario Theme) Do do do do do do! Woo! All right, I’m gonna go to Twitter. Is it working? Are you watching? Lalalalalalalalala. (Laughs) Woo! Woo! Give me a second, bear with me. Let me tweet out, let me tweet out this.

(1:00) Put it on the Facebook. (Typing) Post. I was watching Crash Course, sorry John. I got halfway through the Seven Years' War and, and I was like ‘You know? I should do a Hangout-type thing, where I actually paint like Bob Ross, fulfilling my art school fantasy. Woo! Yeah! Yeah! I hope it’s working. I don’t know how to do Google hangout in seven bits (?). I’m so new to all of this stuff. Wow. Wow.

(2:00) Yay it’s working! Yay! I’m live in Salt Lake City. Thanks Mike Scanlon. OK, OK I feel like this is going to be, like, awkwardly one sided 'cause I’m just talking to myself and I don’t know how to give you any suggestions on, like, what I should be watching. (Laughs) I’m gonna go to my, uh, YouTube page and try and see if I can load comments. I don’t need to watch myself watch myself paint. But I would like to know if you guys are participating. So… So. Ehmteevee, whoops, wrong one. There we go, OK. Wup, wup. Um, (?) to the YouTube page. Anyway.

(3:00) Yay! OK, yay, people are watching. You know what? I’m just gonna go for that and if you want my attention, Twitter’s probably gonna be the best, best way to get hold of me. I gotta open up my window again so I can make sure that everything’s in focus. No. One second. I’m still learning. I’m still learning. OK, there’s that. And… Well there are 15 people watching. Hey everybody! Hi! Yay! This. Go here. Yay. Yay! This is fun. OK, this is gonna be fun. OK. Move this window over here. Move (?) like this a little bit so I can watch two things at once.

(4:00) Do that a little more(?) Whoops, no can't do that. I'm just moving my windows around on my desktop, just bear with me. OK. Good. Yay. People are pleased. Yay, this is so much fun. I'll actually get painting in a second you've just gonna have to, be patient. Oh my god, someone's watching from Chile. Yay! Yay! OK, painting. So, um, I'm working on the painting for the Project for Awesome, uh, painting. There was a very generous donor who, uh, donated $5000 to get a painting by me and I've never... For one thing I've sold two paintings in my life; one was my, uh, senior thesis painting, uh, that I did for my BFA review, um, and a family member purchased that. It's actually... I don't know if you can see it but there's like a landscape . . .

(5:00) . . . behind this very bright lamp back here. Um, it was an 8 by 14 foot landscape painting of this thunder cell coming and (?). And I was super broke at the time. My family member bought it and hung it in her house. And the other painting I sold was to my dad to help me by groceries one month because I was so broke and I didn't have a job, uh, so he was like 'I'll commission you to do a painting' which was very generous of him so thanks dad. But other than that I've never sold any work, um. (Laughs) Maybe I would have if I hadn't, uh, stopped pursuing art and got involved in a museum. I did a lot of art shows, uh, for, uh... I did a series of paintings about, uh... It was osteological pathology's evident in natural (?) collections items. So it was just a painting of, like, all these really messed up skulls and bones from, uh, the zoological museum in Montana.

(6:00) I haven't painted in quite a while. I've done a couple personal projects here and there but haven't really finished anything. Um, so this is like... this is, this is a win for me too because it means that I can do something that I really love that I haven't really given myself time to do in the last year which I think is kind of understandable since this last year has been (?). So this is the painting that I'm working on, I'm trying to get them all in frame let me just move some of this stuff out of the way. Um, but I started working on this last night and it's this, uh, canvas right here, and its canvas. I didn't make it, I bought it from, uh, the Blick store down town. This is 22 by 28 and I got all of this under painting down and laid out and I was looking at it and I kinda realized, like, what I'm visualizing in my head isn't going to fit on one of these canvases. So I went back to the Blick store today and I . . .

(7:00) . . . bought another one of the same size to make it twice as big. Uh, because that's what I feel like doing. Um, and the person who donated money, I think he's been very generous in kind of letting me do whatever I want so long as it's something that I enjoy. I hope that they also enjoy it and I'm so far really excited about working on this. Um, so, to give you a little extra background, this yellow right here is... Now I'm going to give you a bunch of painting technique. I told you it was going to be like Bob Ross but it's going to be live and I'm not Bob Ross, I don't have the afro, and there's no editing by PBS, but other than that it's live painting in a studio/my kitchen. I'm standing in my kitchen right now. Um, so this yellow right here is, um, basically gesso and a little bit of pigment. And for those of you who know nothing about painting, gesso is a really sturdy primer that you use . . .

(8:00) . . . on raw canvas and it holds pigment really well, it seals the canvas, it helps it tighten it so you have a really firm drum-like surface to work on. These two canvases have different noises 'cause this one has more paint on it so it's thicker and it's not as bouncy. Um, but this, uh, yellow is gesso. It comes in a container, well, it comes in a branded container so this is actually what the container that it comes in. And mix this with a little bit of pigment. Now a little bit of pigment like paint, like something out of one of these containers, goes a long way. So I mixed the yellow color that I like and I put it down on this canvas right here. And I did, I did yellow because as a landscape painter it's something, it's kind of like a "cheater move" - It's not a cheater move, it's being informed about the colors that you're using. But, when you put down a color like this rather than working on a white surface it can kind of make the rest of the painting glow.

(9:00) And I work in a really loose way that allows for a lot of the back to shine through, um, so this here has a lot of additional brightness without being washed out with all the white because I have yellow under this side too. So, that being said, I'm going to go ahead and start laying down, trying to match some of these tones so I can have something that looks like I did it all at one time rather than starting one a day ahead of the other one. Um, so I'm gonna do that. First I'm gonna read some of the tweets I have that people are tweeting at me. Aww, I'm gonna paint a happy tree. Oh, it crashed. Is it working now? Oh no. Did it freeze? Am I back? Somebody let me know. I'm gonna wait awkwardly until I hear from somebody that it's working again.

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(10:00) I didn't do anything you guys! Oh, (?). Am I back? I'm gonna tweet this 'cause now I'm nervous. (Types) I'm gonna wait and wait. I'm waiting. Let me know. How do you, like, auto load the comments? So I know... Oh, I'll just auto load that page. OK. Oh I'm good! OK. 8:46. Yay. Yay! I'm back, OK. Thanks guys. To the future! Yay, OK. Here we go. So I hope you got all that back story. If you didn't, I apologize. To summarize, I was just, uh, talking about . . .

(11:00) . . . putting down under painting, a yellow under painting, so I can put pigment on top of it and that'll help me bring, like, extra light to my painting. Um, yay. OK. Here we go. So, without further ado, I have all my supplies here on my table. I have my palette and a bunch of pigments. Um, I'm pretty, I'm pretty simple in the materials that I use. I like to paint with acrylic because I'm impatient and oil painting requires a lot of sitting and waiting for layers to dry and I don't personally feel like I've got time for that. Ain't nobody got time for that. Um, so I have my palette right here, and I love how it has the hole. Um, and right now I'm using a palette knife to mix my pigments because, uh, I can get them a little more homogeneous than just using a brush.

(12:00) So what I've started working, uh, on my palette here is just a bunch of white, just white painting. I like to work backwards starting with a lighter tone and adding a little bit of color to that and, like, I wrote a Tumblr post about painting last night about if you want light blue, don't start with blue, start with white and you'll get a more simple tone. Um, to give you a little more background on the paints that I'm using, I'm using a mixture of regular acrylics and what's called open acrylics and Golden, this company, has a really awesome line of paints called open acrylics that have a longer drying time 'cause acrylics tend to dry pretty quickly and they'll get really tacky and kinda plastic-y. But with open acrylics, um, you have a little more time to mix them together and get, uh, they don't solidify as quickly. And if you don't have open acrylics, I use this massive amount of retarder and I bought this economical size because I was painting a very large painting when I bought it.

(13:00) But retarder also kind of lengthens the drying time of the paint. So, this is white - this is white with retarder mixed in it, as well as heavy gel. So, this is a semi-glossed heavy gel and a gel medium - this is a medium. Medium kind of, it works to not to give your paint more pigment, but to give your paint more body. So if you have really strong pigment, or really strong paints that carry a lot of pigment you can add gel to them and it stretches them further. You're not going to get as opaque of a paint but it will cover more surface area. I like to think of painting like sculpting on a two dimensional surface. But this right here, with a knife and with  the paint, this has body. This has dimension and I'm in the camp that I believe you should allow your paint to retain a lot of its body and to let it be this moldable, sculptable thing, but on the surface.

(14:00) So that's my total backstory on the stuff I'm working on right now. I'm realizing I'm gonna need a lot more white so a lot of this is going to be really boring stuff where you watch me like open up more paint and do a lot more mixing 'cause I did not get everything laid out in time before I realized I wanted all of this white paint, on the palette, and from doing this last night I, I kind of have an idea how much of all this paint I'm gonna need. But there's titanium white. I use four different paints. Six if I'm feeling really adventurous, so the paints that I use are, the pigments are titanium white, um, I use a cadmium red medium. Like cadmium is known to cause cancer so don't lick the paint. Um, I use cadmium yellow medium and 

(15:00) I use ultramarine blue which I don't have out right now but it's this right here.  So this is what my palette looks like and I'm not going to tilt it too much, because it's got runny retarder in it. And this is yellow ocher because I use a lot of yellow ocher, 'cause it's a nice tone and it's kind of hard to make and match. And this is the yellow, uh, the cadmium red I think this is like pure all red too, because I was comparing pigments but I go back to the cadmium, ultramarine, white. And then whatever pigment that I mixed last night that I didn't use all of. Umm, oh I need a gel medium, too. I like painting in a similar way to how I like baking. It's really process intensive and there's a lot of mixing and sitting and waiting and kind of letting things do their own thing, with me just as a casual bystander. I suppose. The pigment, and a little retarder, add a little retarder to the middle of my palette.

(16:00)'Cause I know we'll be using some. Okay. This is what my palette looks like and I'm sorry it's super bright and reflected, but you know. And then you just, you mix it.  Look at that mix. Eh? Eh? Trying to get this out of the bright..brightness, but my camera, oh there we go. And then it's like, has the consistency of a soft butter, which I love. It's just (?~16:30-16:33) This is going to be- it's gonna end up not looking anything like the other one. Look it's not all easy. it's not about easy, it is you know, manageable. So, just trying to get all the materials together. (?~16:54) I'm going to be on Happy Tree. And then there's a lot of paint. The first thing I'm going to do..

(17:00)...I'm going to work backwards to the front. And I'm going to work light to dark. So, the first thing that I want to replicate it this kind of light blue tone right here on the horizon line. Match that. Then I'm going to work the middle to the top to get darker pigments on top of the lighter pigments. And then I'm going to work on the bottom which is totally colored. So this is a little bit of blue, and this is as much blue as I'm mixing in all of the paint and lets see where that takes me. Like people underestimate the power of a tiny bit of pigment. Let me try and do this. At the top. It's super, super bright. Boop. I'm probably gonna end up like John Green with sharpie all over my face by the end of this. Do. Do. Do. Do.. That's not quite enough..

(18:00) blue. We can always match it though. Woo! Hey, that's pretty close! I hardly added anything at all, and then it's good. I'm also not using, um, I hope this is not a super unsettling noise...whoops. My easel is not large enough to accommodate both of these panels at the same time (?). Um...but I'm using a palette knife just because I like it, not because it's (?) palette knife, I do it  because it moves pigment around really quickly and I don't have to do a lot. Kind of like smoothing butter over a giant, flat piece of bread, and, um, like I said I'm impatient, so I want color to go down as quickly as possible because what I'm imagining in my head doesn't account for like 20 minutes of like tiny brushstrokes. (? 18:58)

(19:00) But at the same time, like, I'm not gonna just zigzag all over it. I kinda want it to be even, like I said, a kinda homogeneous movement across the panel (?) I really hope I'm not like, gonna drop this (?) Doop, doop, doop.

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(20:00) (scraping noise) See. You can kind of see how the yellow is coming through a little bit. I'm gonna go, since I have a lot of this extra white, I'm gonna just go to the top since I can go over this a lot more easily than I can go over a dark color. You're going to use more pigment and more materials trying to cover up and compensate for a darker tone, than you would too much of a lighter tone. And I don't like to waste paint. (?)

(21:00) (?) Um, normally when I paint I listen to music. Um, I like to listen to pretty ambient music. Like, I like to listen to (?) I like to listen to classical music. Or! I watch Law & Order: SVU. Cuz that seems to have the same calming effect... somehow. Also, I don't think the frame line worked, and a lot of this stuff is because I'm kinda cheap. Or like, when I was in art school, I couldn't afford to frame my paintings. So I get panels that are thick, like this panel isn't, like, a half or 1/4 inch thick it's like an inch, inch and a half on the the side. So it gives it like, a certain dimension off the wall. So I go around the side and paint around the side. (?) I don't know if that's a trendy art thing or (?)


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