Six Years Of Artistic Self Restraint

2015 Year-End Progress Update

Posted by Vance Feldman on November 27, 2015

Many years ago

when this all started, I wanted to combat my fear of losing interest in the lifelong project, so I strictly constrained my technique and media. Oil paint is my preferred medium, but I didn't let myself use it. Had I jumped directly into oil, I would have "blown my wad." I decided that I would slowly work my way up to opaque paint. Well, that day is closer as I have embarked on the Acrylic paint journey in 2015. It is


An Evening of Rough Layout Sketch

happenstance that I averaged about one medium per year, making my chart below a little too perfect. I started with ballpoint pen. Then I introduced markers and then watercolor. I experimented with pencil and oil pastel, but those, I felt were too prone to fade and smudge. I didn't enjoy breathing fixative. So I've given them up (for now). Not only was I constrained to the obsessive joined-paper format, I was locking down on media to constrain my available techniques. It forced me to exhaust my abilities as well as my patience. But, paint has begun! As I write this I have a shipment of 100 like-sized canvas boards on their way to replace the paper format.

The samples below are excerpts from the 980 Page ForeverScape

Year One: Ballpoint Pen


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Pages 111 to 115 of the ForeverScape project.

Year Two: Markers & Pen


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Pages 201 to 205 of the ForeverScape project.

Year Three: Added Pencil


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Pages 431 to 460 of the ForeverScape project.

Year Four: Watercolor


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Pages 521 to 550 of the ForeverScape project.

Year Five: Oil Pastel


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Pages 801 to 825 of the ForeverScape project.

Year Six: Acrylic


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Pages 891 to 980 of the ForeverScape project.

Going off the deep end...

Some might say six years is a long time to get warmed-up, but I'm just now reaching the end of the diving board. Now we're about to dive into the deep end! The time has come to start painting "for real" again. My warm-up phase is longer than the four years it took R. Crumb to complete his 1,000 page work entitled Genesis. However, my "practice" phase is relatively short if you consider I may have over 50 years ahead of me on the ForeverScape project (if I make to my 80s). Maybe I won't, so I have to work faster. Anyway, I used to draw the ForeverScape a little bit every day, but now I tend to concentrate my work in 8-12 hour spurts once a week since acrylic paint is more involved and less portable. Recently, I've been filming time-lapse footage of the spurts. A few weeks ago, I mounted a long-duration construction camera over my drawing table to hopefully


Ten Minutes in 45 Seconds

capture several months, or even years of continuous work. I will post that footage when it's ready. I could see time-lapse really becoming more a part of the process. I've done other more detailed time lapses you can see on youtube. 2 Hours in 3.5 minutes and a detailed 2 Hour to Ten Minute Video.