Artist Mediums,Techniques and Processes.
My main mediums for art are painting and photography. I prefer acrylic painting because of the texture and detail it creates, but I have also used oil, watercolor, gouache, and ink. For photography, I use a high quality digital camera, but I also really enjoy film photography and developing photographs in a darkroom. I’m constantly using Photoshop to enhance digital images, plan paintings, and create new digital “paintings.” I have used many other mediums including fabric art, print making, drawing, collage, and many more.
For my Italian Greyhound Paintings and many other paintings I’ve done in the past, I work from photographs. This allows me to be very detailed in my work. For the vast majority of my paintings, I use photographs I have taken myself. I enjoy taking photographs and all of the photographs on this site are my own. I have used found photogrphs for a few older paintings, but any of that work will be labeled (and was done while I was in school for educational practice). I have also worked from still lives, objects, models, mirrors for self portraits, and on site for landscape paintings.
The first step of a Paco painting is planned it out using Photoshop. I know the exact dimensions, and how it will look before I ever start painting. Some paintings are just cropped photographs, but some are many photographs combined to make one image.
After the plan is ready, I print out the image on paper and transfer it directly to the canvas, paper, or artist board using transfer paper. My paintings have exactly the correct proportions that way. I usually do not hand draw my underdrawings because it is obvious and looks wrong if even one part of the drawing is off. But, I have hand drawn underpaintings in the past and sometimes doing it that way can be useful. In my opinion, hand drawing from objects can be more precise than drawing from a landscape or a photograph.
The last part of the painting of course is the actual painting itself. I ususally work from high quality photo prints while painting. I like highly detailed, colorful, textured paintings. For many paintings of animals and nature I like them to look true to life but, I also like and make abstract art as long as it is very detailed, colorful and aesthetically interesting.
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Why make art about Italian Greyhounds?
Paco next to Italian Greyhound Paintings.
When I started painting, I made paintings mostly of wild animals, nature, people and self portraits. Always being interested in animals as a child naturally took me in the direct of making art about them but, I was never allowed to have large pets (cats or dogs) as a child. In college when I got my cat, then eventually my dogs I started to make paintings about pets. There are many interesting things to consider when making art about pets, like people’s interactions with them, animal abuse and neglect and just the aesthetics of pet animals themselves. My art about pets has become more focused on Italian Greyhounds. There is a long history of greyhounds, sight hounds and Italian greyhounds being represented in art. There’s something about these animals that makes very elegant and aesthetically appealing art. I make art about Italian Greyhounds because I love the breed, I enjoy showing their personality, and they are aesthetically interesting. Italian Greyhounds come in many colors (seal, white, blue…), have many markings (solid, Irish, wild Irish…) and come in many sizes (5 pounds to 20+pounds). I’m also interested in how they look in groups of different sized and colored dogs. These elegant sight hounds make great subjects for paintings, photographs and art.