Patrick Canfield

Breaking down the false artist/non-artist dichotomy, Pt. 1

I posit that merely consuming art can be a creative act & it flexes the same muscles as those the artist used in creating the work. If the viewer can appreciate what the artist was doing, they become a collaborator in the creation of art. Just as…

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Surf Queen

This one is actually from a couple weeks ago. The model was wearing mermaid earrings and a necklace referencing St Christopher, the patron saint of surfers, she said. She said she was going for a regal expression, so I added the tiara. Amazing how…

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New stuff

Okay, it’s been a while. I’ve still been making art, just haven’t been updating the blog. I’ve been saying “yes” a lot lately, maybe too much. Here’s my latest portrait from last night’s class. I was sitting almost exactly opposite of the light…

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Let's get abstract

Portrait of a model named KT A figure drawing that ended up looking very Judeo-Christian deity-like. I’m getting better at being less representational in my art. It’s like swimming in the ocean and gradually getting comfortable with being farther…

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Flower Piano

In the botanical garden, pianos are distributed throughout as if sprouted from seeds, inviting any wandering maestros to give a performance. I meander until I find a pond under a canopy of trees. In the middle of the pond, a piano hides on a tiny…

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Slowly but surely getting decent at (digital) painting

Last night I went to portrait drawing class, that is, people sitting around in a room making representations of a model sitting in a director’s chair somewhere in the middle, with some music playing for inspiration. It meets every week at a new…

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Getting cultured, on a dime

So I went on a little adventure last month. I’m posting this a month after the fact because I wanted to finish this thing I made to accompany this blog post. Been putting in a couple hours a day a few days a week. What is it? A box that shows photos…

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Bikesgiving!

Above an interactive map slash photo gallery of our adventure. Click on any photo to zoom in. You can also use your keyboard to switch between photos: right arrow / enter / space => next photo left arrow => previous photo escape => view map tl;dr…

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Glacier National Park

Was in Glacier National Park in Montana earlier this month. We saw some mountain goats, some birds, and this guy: Grizzly bear! 📷 by Shing Some other hikers coming the other direction warned us and we backtracked to the top of a hill then stopped…

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