Nicholas Baxter

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On The Mechanics of Seeing

A long time ago on this blog I touched upon the brain’s instinctive practice of limiting the amount of visual information we tend to perceive. The point of writing about this was that it applies directly to the practice of painting from life, and really, to all methods and genres of painting. But in particular, […]

Pest

                                          Here’s a silly random painting I made recently. “Pest” Oil on insect shaped panel For @christian1perez ‘s “Metamorphosis” art show at Hope Gallery in New Haven CT, September 7, 2019   What if humans […]

The End of Websites

I’ve slowly let this blog turn to seed and die out, as the attention of the whole world turns to social media. I’ve noticed website traffic declining ever since the cultural takeover of Instagram, Snapchat, etc. and along with that, my own website use has dwindled. I’ve posted far fewer updates to this site, and […]

Blood Rituals: Volume One Coming Soon!

A pair of teaser trailers documenting some behind the scenes production of my forthcoming limited edition handmade monograph documenting the first 3 years of the Blood Rituals painting series. This 114 page book is an art object in its own right, a collector’s item for any fans of art ‘zine culture and independent publishing, limited […]

Blood Rituals: Redux

Photoshoots for last year’s Blood Rituals series of still life paintings yielded several interesting macros which did not fit the aesthetic of classical still life that evolved out of my initial brainstorming sessions. I extracted four compositions from these photos, and after perfecting them in the digital darkroom, recreated them as hyperrealist oil paintings. This […]