January 31, 2016

Hello readers,


In the last post I wrote about how I start developing my ideas for a painting. At the end of the post I hinted at more information on how I begin working with images. I will be posting a blog about the next part in that topic sometime this week or next weekend at the latest.


Its in the last hour of the day on this Saturday night 1/30/16 and I'm hoping to squeeze this post in before the day ends. 


Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point I've been working almost full time at a screen printing business in Stevens Point and two hours a week at a new school called Point of Discovery. Finding the time and motivation usually isn't too much of a problem for me during the weekends. However, without heating and poor insulation in the studio room I rent I've had to resist putting hours into painting at the studio. But I've managed this past week to still produce and begin some new works that I'm quite excited about.


Now if you follow me on Instagram you prob...

January 20, 2016

First I want to thank those who have expressed interest in the first blog posts, it is motivating for me and greatly appreciated! 


In this blog I was asked by a great friend of mine and talented artist, Dillon Bay, who asked if I could cover how I envision one of my paintings? How I would describe the mental steps I take before applying any paint to canvas. Thank you Dillon for your thoughts I hope this will make sense to everyone. I know that sometimes my typing rants only make sense to me, but I will do my best not to get too wordy. 


I'm thinking that this topic will best be covered in sections. This post will be a perfect follow up from the previous post that discussed my subject matter and reasons why I chose the images I have for painting.


Let's begin. 


Thinking of a painting is a process that, for me, changes frequently. Some paintings are inspired by other images or artworks I have seen in person or online. Other paintings are a response to a c...

January 20, 2016

Well... I already forgot about Monday's post! DANG IT! Due to missing yesterday's post I will cover a more serious topic today. Maybe skipping a day or two will be a better goal for posting in this blog. 



In the pictures above are distant relatives on my mother's side of the family. What I know about these individuals is small. Then why do I paint them? 


The answer to this question is something I'm still trying to understand. When I started painting my goals revolved around technique and rendering abilities. Being able to reproduce an image in paint consumed my process and aim. It took a few years for me to realize how helpful painting could be to discover and reflect on parts of my life. 


Once in the past two years when I was home in Kenosha; I had the urge to bring family photographs back with me to school where I planned to reference them for subject matter. I struggled and still do with my process. I feel like there's a missing link between the photos and my pa...

January 16, 2016



First I want to say thanks for checking out my website! I've been wanting to make a dedicated blog for media, news, and behind-the-scenes material for a few months now. 


Seeing as how this is the first post and I just created the blog; I havent prepared an in-depth post. Therefore, I'll use this chance to ask what my readers are interested in reading about in this blog. I want to try my best to share an entry at least 5 days a week, if not 7! I'll start the next one on Monday January 18, 2016. 


Please send suggestions to - h.acuna45@gmail.com.




- Hector



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