Charles Keenan's
~ Art Journal ~
January- June 2011
together with 2 romantic paintings for approaching Valentines Day,
and 2 new paintings for my "Sands of Time" theme.
I am also devoting time to new directions for my work.
I am considering a few concepts for paintings that would be considered surreal or anecdotal,
but so far my thought processes come full circle to painting them as real events.
I often think about the college, coffee shop and gallery I mailed proposals to in August 2010. They have yet to respond and there seems to be nothing more I can do within the bounds of reasonable behavior. 
Friday, January 14, 2011
I continue to work on 4 paintings developed from experiences recorded in my sketchbook
Friday, January 21, 2011
Finished 2 paintings for approaching Valentines Day.
Added a few new names to my Links page.
Bought a reasonably priced book on Santa Fe Art.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Working hard on my Sands of Time theme.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Every so often a day comes along that taxes everything I know about painting and art, and yesterday was such a day - 6 straight hours of concepts, colors and detail all focused into one 8x10" painting. Now I am almost finished 2 more entries for my "Sands of Time" theme, and struggling to control my excitement for another week or two until they are ready to be "unveiled".
Spent some time looking through a book of the drawings of Gustave Dore. He really understood that a drawing can transport the viewer, and the depth of some of his scenes still takes my breath away. 
Friday, February 11, 2011
Finished 2 paintings for my Sands of Time theme.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Began 3 more paintings for my "Sands of Time" theme. What makes these smaller paintings so alive is a technique I began developing with my "Journeys" paintings 2 years ago. With so much emphasis on sketching via sketchbooks, sketch clubs, model sessions, etcetera I sometimes felt that my finished painting could have been better if I had taken time to sketch out the components first, but this is what changed. Rather than belabor fine detail in a sketch I have eliminated sketches completely. I develop a concept completely in my mind, and then begin to paint. At first this was a little scarry, but the paper medium of "Journeys" allowed me to take it lightly, without fear of great consequence. This new technique was developed more seriously in my "Quiet Changes" theme until its full use today, and I am becoming more of a believer in this method every day. Oil painting requires drying time between 'layers', and after I complete the background layer I turn my concept over and over in my mind while studying the existing layer(s). After a few days when I begin the next layer I have solved color, angle and proportion problems to maximize the artistic content. After finishing a new 'layer' the process begins again. The result is an action packed painting filled with color and interaction.  
Friday, March 18, 2011
Finished 2 more Sands of Time paintings,
with 2 more in progress.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Sometimes moving forward is a grueling process...a weekend filled with going to the movies, new music CDs, and research into more "Sands of Time" paintings began to overload my creativity and it was difficult to focus...but managed to almost complete 3 more paintings...
Friday, April 22, 2011
After another week or two dwelling in the depths of the creative process, which included painting over a bad idea or two, rewritting and some unusual sleep patterns, I have begun all 22 of the paintings for this theme.
Also contacted a few art organizations for venues for my work, and I am looking forward to the promise of Easter Time beginning this Sunday.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Almost finished all the paintings for my "Sands of Time" theme...another week or two.
Became a member of the Abington Art Center last month.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Released "The Sands of Time" earlier this month through Lulu Publishers
...having trouble deciding just who to submit it to.
Began working on a theme from an earlier painting, "Minds".