2014 - A Retrospective
As New Year's Eve quickly approaches, and while rearranging my book shelf where all of my sketchbooks reside, I was drawn to revisit my efforts to create art and express my ideas in the year 2014. One of my favorite things about watercolor/Sketch is that I can do it almost anywhere. I typically carry my kit with me and if I can get a spare moment I'll try to get a sketch in. Through this rigor I have noticed that my art is coming to me easier; everyone knows the old saying "practice makes perfect" and I feel that has been a driving factor for me in 2014. Here are a few sketches from book 12, which is one of the latest I've posted. I should be able to get the next 3 books up (I'm just starting book 16) before the end of the year.
while cleaning out my bookcase and reorganizing I found a few cool statistics:
in 2014 I created:
22 - 9" x 12" paintings
12 - 6" x 9" paintings
6 - 6" x 8" paintings
8 - Sketch Books (roughly 20 pages each)
Acrylic: (finished paintings)
Singularity, 30 x 42
Vice I, 24 x 36
Gentrification, 24 x 36
Tower, 24 x 36
Reflecting on the work from the last year, each piece brings me right back to the moment I was creating it and the feelings I was trying to express through the painting. None of this work would be possible without the group of people supporting me, encouraging me, and at times putting up with my attitude when a painting isn't working. I am so hopeful and optimistic for what 2015 brings for me, my family, and my art. I will continue to post work and photos as well as future shows.
I hope each and every one that reads this post has an amazing 2015.
Into the Great Unknown....
Some of you may have seen my post on facebook, some I may have approached through my daily interactions, but all are here because I know you in some way or another. I am starting this website for the purpose of sharing my art endeavors with as many people as I can. My journey in art started as soon as I could hold a pen/pencil/crayon and has carried through my entire life, although it has been sporadic at times.
The purpose of this blog and website is to catalog my interest in Acrylic/Oil, Watercolor, and Sketch/Wash. As an architect, visual communication is incredibly important and I realized in 2010 that the skills I need will take time, so I embarked on a regimented and disciplined journey to develop those skills.
A good friend of mine Henry Santos helped me start my journey learning to sketch. This first sketch book contains many early sketches that laid the groundwork for subject matter that continues to show up in my works.
I have currently finished a total of 14 sketch books on this journey, I try to sketch at least once thing a day mostly from observation, which can cause a fair amount of consternation when I can't find a suitable subject to draw.
Here is a selection of images out of my books showing the varied subject matter, purpose, and style in my sketches. I am still a very young (experience wise) artist and believe there are so many options, I would like to explore as many as possible for as long as possible.
Sometimes, I can't find a suitable subject and I just have to sketch some random image from a book.
I would like to post to this blog on a weekly basis, sharing process, Work in Progress, and thoughts on the art world and the creative culture. Please check back often, or keep an eye on my facebook feed.
Chris Holt is an Architect and Artist. His art work centers around cityscapes, still life, and abstract work.