Jeremy, Julie, Theo, Nolan and Charlie

  • New Double-Portrait

    New Double-Portrait

    Having an extra day off means I also got an extra day to work in the studio. This is a commissioned piece that I’m just starting on. I think the interesting thing about this image is that you can see two distinct phases in the phases in the studio process. On the right is the…

  • The Uncanny Valley

    The Uncanny Valley

    In robotics there’s is this phenomenon called “the uncanny valley”. It describes how humans have no problem getting emotionally attached to something that clearly isn’t trying to look humanoid; but once you start to make something that actually resembles a human the subtle differences act as a repulsive force to actual humans. It’s so much…

  • Lessig on Equal Citizens

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    We had a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo a couple weekends back. Finally got around to posting some pictures.

  • Weekend Update

    Weekend Update

    Been under the weather a bit lately and antibiotics don’t seem to be helping (god help us all), but I was feeling well enough to get into the studio this weekend. Here’s the portrait of Sarah. Making some good progress now, still a ways to go and I may have turned up the contrast a…

  • Updates

    Updates

    I haven’t posted in a while, hoping to get more studio time in this week. Here’s a couple of quick images until the next update. Worked some more on this portrait of Sarah yesterday. Looks like the eye repair was successful, not sure how much it’s apparent to everyone else but it look so much…

  • New Painting and a Reset

    New Painting and a Reset

    This is a bit of a one-step-forward, two-steps-back post: I’ve got two new paintings that I started recently, one is a bit larger and that’s still in the wipeout phase. But this second one I started with the first chromatic underpainting layer or imprimatura. I’ve also been hard at work on the portrait of Sarah.…

  • Update on Sarah

    Update on Sarah

    I haven’t posted an update in a little while. I’ve got two new painting in the wipeout stage that I need to take pictures of and I’ve had a couple of passes on this one now. Still working out some of the drawing issues but it’s starting to get there. The yellow background is the…

  • Todd

    Todd

    Portrait of Todd 12″x16″ oil on panel © 2015 Jeremy C. Sparks

  • Portrait of Kayti

    Portrait of Kayti

  • Weekend Update

    Weekend Update

    Getting closer on this portrait of Todd. Worked on the clothing and the hair some more. The darks in the hair really “sunk in” after they started to dry (hence the flat, matt appearance of the hair). I’ll have to try to bring them back out with some stand oil in the next pass or…

  • The Wild Animal Sanctuary

    The Wild Animal Sanctuary

    Friday was our Wedding Anniversary. I took the day off and we dropped the kids off with Grandma (thanks Rita!) and Julie and I went to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg just a little ways north-east of Denver. Apparently they’re the world’s largest carnivore sanctuary with over 400 predators. Mostly lions, tigers and bears…