James Walker Studios

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Mixed media painting on vintage book cover

I’m adding a few new smaller pieces to my online gallery store. Here’s one of my favorites created with mixed media on a vintage book cover. For more info: www.jameswalkerstudios.com

Sketchbook Pages

Two new pages from my latest sketchbook that I wanted to share. I recently gave a short lecture to a class of very talented art students and I was stoked to see that their professor was adamant about them keeping up with their sketchbooks. I believe this is a vital part of experimenting and growing as an artist, and it’s super fun! For these pages I used a combination of acrylic, aerosol, colored pencils, and toner based mono print transfers using a found diagram and an original photo.

Art and Life

There is a very distinct difference between an “artist” and someone who “likes to make art”.  An artist has no choice, they have to create and have an outlet for their creativity. Someone who “likes to make art”, as a hobby, as a pastime, could give up the process at any moment and be okay with it. (And there is nothing wrong with that, there are some amazing and talented people out there who like to make art.)  But an “artist” has a higher calling and a very intense sense of duty to express themselves creatively and to inspire others. This is a responsibility that they don’t take lightly. Here is a portrait of an artist.  Whether it’s her skateboarding style or the newest artwork Anna has been creating you can get a very intense feeling of someone who is genuinely making the best work that they possibly can and creating something truly unique and inspiring!

Figure in Motion

Here are a couple of quick figure/motion study sketches from this morning. I’ve found that starting the day off with a few minutes of drawing makes the rest of the day much more productive. I kept the materials simple on these, just some ink and graphite 🙂

New Work Preview!

This new painting is based on a photograph I made many years ago in Savannah. I decided to revisit and re-contextualize the image in the piece. The main part of the background was created using acrylics, aerosol, colored pencils, and watercolors.  The image of the bird is a hand-colored, toner based transfer. This piece is part of a new series of small paintings on heavyweight watercolor paper and measures 9″x12″.

New Work

This new painting was created on a reclaimed skateboard using a variety of mixed media techniques. First I collaged the background with pieces of recycled paper, then I put down a few colors of diluted acrylic paint. I used some spray paint to blend the colors into the white part in the middle. I masked off the bottom to create a solid line and used some old bubble wrap to create parts of the texture, I wanted a pattern that subtly reminded me of water.  The images are original photographs that I had taken a while ago, the elephant is one of my favorites and I re-contextualize him often. These images were printed with a toner based machine so that they could be transfered onto the background. I used some water colors on the images before transferring to create some soft color tones. I’ll be posting a more in-depth discussion about transfer techniques in the future. Thanks for looking!


New Work Preview

This new piece is based on an image I made quite a while ago and just recently figured out construct a mixed media piece that conveys the feelings of the original photograph.  For this piece I used a variety of techniques including acrylics, aerosol, collage, and copper leaf. This painting is currently for sale here: www.jameswalkerstudios.com

Thank you for looking and please feel free to contact me (james@jameswalkerstudios.com) with any questions regarding the artistic processes involved in creating this piece or any of my other work 🙂

Thank you.

 I wanted to take a minute send out a huge thank you to all the art collectors and art lovers and amazing people who have been collecting my work over the years.  I am incredibly grateful and I appreciate you more than you know. I have been creating for as long as I can remember, it’s all I really know and the fact that something I’ve created resonates enough that you would want to hang it in your home or office or anywhere at all is beyond words. Thank you.

New Sketchbook Pages

I’m nearly finished with my newest book, filled with the most pages I’ve done in a long time! Here is a preview of some pages that were completed yesterday. I’ve been refining my printmaking technique to be able to add subtle bits of color during the process and I’ll be posting a short tutorial about that soon!

If you’re interested you can always view more work here: www.jameswalkerstudios.com

Thanks for looking!

All We Have Is Now

This is one of my favorite recent pieces and we are featuring it this week in our online shop, www.jameswalkerstudios.com

This original painting was made using acrylic, ink, aerosol, copper leaf, and monotype print making techniques.

Thanks for looking!