Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008


resident, originally uploaded by Riko Colin Chock.


ohGr, originally uploaded by Riko Colin Chock.

Ogre took this self portrait with my camera phone.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

WIP Stage 5

WIP Stage 5, originally uploaded by Riko Colin Chock.

Reworked rose. More shadows in skull. This is the current Stage that correlates to the Thursday October 2nd entry.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

So still working on the skull and rose painting. Last night went into undried glazes and the turps in the medium had dissolved the underlying glaze leading me into further frustration. Had to quickly try to remedy this situation by painting with straight stand oil to no avail. Then tried varying ratios of stand and premixed medium. Still, to no avail. So, laid down a coat of approx. 1 to 3 stand/medium and put on a base for the crappy stem. Then researched "All the Strange Hours" and read "The Big Book of Oil Painting" trying to gather some information on glazes. Tonight tried going back into the shadows of the skull and medium is still dissolving the underlying coat. Medium in the cups has gelled much more overnight and unwisely put on a coat over the entire. I feel this is unwise because of the fat over lean rule. I guess we'll see over time. Everything is still so gummy and overly tacky. I think I may need to pour fresh medium daily? Decided to continue with this mixture anyway and am now defining the stem and throwing in more highlights in the skull. Ok, I think I need to abandon this piece for now. I really need to let the glaze cure. Really should work on "Stop" but I think I will either go to the 5 or read some of my old Symbolist books or something... Will post pics of the current state later. Edit: Ok. So I really did fuck up. Medium coat is super thick and tacky/drippy. Goddamn Stand oil. I remember doing this to 'Snake Dagger' painting from long ago. Tried to go into the stem and the canvas is so very oil starved. Using premixed medium. I really don't want to abandon this piece because I really like the sculpting of the skull. I may have to because of how fat this layer is. Yeah, I really fucked up....

Monday, September 29, 2008

WIP Stage 4

WIP Stage 4, originally uploaded by Riko Colin Chock.

Tried to post this at the bottom of the stack of images in the post below but can't figure out how to format it.

So it has it's own entry. I think I'm done for the day. It's 900pm. Need to chill. My eyes are tired.

Went to Utrecht and am now using traditional Damar/Stand oil/Turp medium. Getting some good results. Everything is smoky and smooth. Only bummer is dry time. Seems to be pretty slow; been so used to using only Liquin and linseed. Been so long since I've painted and am quite pleased with how things are turning out. Just like the good old days when I first started. Goddamn turp though, fucking with my lungs. Kind of a smoky, peppery smell. Heavy gloss and shitty light placement around my easel. Too much glare. Need to constantly adjust my lights to offset the glare. Really also need to get some reflection umbrellas for better pictures. And a tripod.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Current work in progress

Struggling again with painting. Where is this one going to go...?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Trying out Flickr's new embedded slideshow. Nice! Looks good!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Costco Coffins

Costco Coffins, originally uploaded by Riko Colin Chock.

Magnificent Costco display. I have to post this separately because Blogger will not let me post within the previous edit. And it cropped the right side due to the post date column hierarchy.

Bummer. At least opening the image links to the original on Flickr...

Lightroom-Flickr-Blogger Coordination

oil on canvas, 16"x20", mid-1990's?
Testing the relationships between Lightroom 2 and Flickr and Blogger and how they can all coordinate within each other.
Just got a Flickr Pro account and am exporting from Lightroom to Flickr. The biggest pain in the ass is editing the photos within Lightroom and choosing what to post. Everything seems to be going well. Also, uploads from cellphone to Flickr. Which is the Costco coffin display. ..which will not let me upload in this edit. So I have to create a new post with export from Flickr. Created a new set "Felis catus" which is Sassy, Villian, and Sable.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Yet another test

Testing the new settings with the change of address and other settings.