6" x 6" oil on high quality masonite board
copyright Justin Clayton and reproduced with his permission
- he's managed to produce a daily painting almost every day for over 10 months
- he has a splendid time lapse video on his website. It shows him painting one of his small daily paintings (of kiwi wedges) from life and from start to finish. I love watching other people paint, to see how they see and to see how they think. It's a fascinating video and is recommended viewing by me.
- this weekend, Justin published a very informative set of answers to the questions that he frequently gets asked by those wanting to join the daily painting movement. Click here for a link to the FAQs. I've included the FAQs in my squidoo lens on Art Business - Resources for Artists as a recommended read.
So just who is Justin Clayton? I wrote and asked Justin for permission to use his work and links in this piece and asked him a few questions.......and this is what he told me.
I was born and raised in California and currently live in Los Angeles with my wife Natalie. I studied painting at two schools: California Art Institute and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts. Artists who inspire me include John Sargent, Nicolai Fechin, Andrew Wyeth, Duane Keiser, and Richard Schmid.Justin doesn't have a comments function on his blog but if you'd like to leave any comments below this post I know he'll be coming by to read them.
I'd describe my work as realistic impressionism. My subject matter is almost anything really: people, trees, fruit although I consider most of my paintings to be portraits. Every person, every fruit, and every thing for that matter is unique in its own way and exudes a personality. This is what I am looking for when choosing a subject.
Before the Daily Paintings, I worked as a video game artist for about 5 years at Microsoft and Electronic Arts. For as long as I can remember I’ve always been interested in two things, art and computers. First and foremost I consider myself an Artist but computer geek is a close second:). So when I’m not painting I’m usually doing something on the computer. For the past couple of years I’ve had the opportunity to focus on painting, which is what I really enjoy.
I don’t have a really good answer for why I paint. I can spend a whole day painting and when I’m finished I’ll read an art book or research art materials online for few hours. I guess it’s a passion when I think about painting even after a long day of painting.
- "Justins Paintings" - Justin Clayton's website
- "Daily Paintings" - the blog Justin uses to list his daily paintings (with links to auctions)
- Justin Clayton - the video
- Justin Clayton - FAQs about daily painting
- The Art Business - Resources for Artists