Thursday, August 27, 2009
I felt like I needed to get back to the sketchbook, so I did this tonight while I ate at village pizza. Guess what?, I ate pizza. So, I have been a complete failure when it comes to my sketchbook lately. I've been drawing in these sketchbooks that have traditional book bindings and clothey cardboard covers for the past 6 or so years. I don't know anybody but me who likes this style of sketchbook. So I bought some different ones. A moleskin and one with a spiral binder. Well, I wasn't the best drawer before and then I turned into a four year old with all thumbs. I've talked enough about this and hopefully my sketching will improve. I feel fine about this drawing but more importantly it came pretty easily so this might be the end of my drawing slump.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
So this is my favorite way of wasting time. Not dressing up in a suit and floating down a river, but messing with old photos. And if you see one of these it's a good assumption that I am suppose to be painting. So here you go, I got to get back to painting.
Friday, August 21, 2009
So, I use to design tee shirts and some of the designs you see here on this blog are ideas I came up with while that was my focus.
This is one of those. And..... if you like this you will love this other artist, Leigh Viner, http://jkldesign.blogspot.com/ .
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I painted this when I lived in Jersey City. It was so long that when I was painting it, it went from one wall to about 6 inches behind the loft my bed was on. It was a good time for painting. I averaged about 1 large painting a month when I lived there.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I just realized I have been writing the wrong web address for my blog on all the images. I just come to expect this kind of thing from myself, unless whoever is reading this would like to commission some art and in that case I never make mistakes. I am perfect and awesome and very charismatic.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
This image came about when I was in that great habbit of doing quick paintings everyday. (I wrote about it further down the page) I admit, I did spend probably 6 hours on this guy but I liked where it was going and I wanted to see it through. The frame and everything was added in photoshop. When ever I get my website up I think some version of this will be my home page.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I started this painting about two years ago and finished it in the last year sometime. I really like painting dark murky water. This is probably the sixth painting that has this same water in it. It's a painting of Mao but it doesn't have any intended political meaning. I find the less I talk about a painting the more someone might like it. So, I'll shut up and let you take what you like from it. I will close in saying that this painting is not showing praise to Mao. I was mostly concerned with captureing a man swimming in dark deep waters and I wanted for him to look all alone. Being that it is Mao, it lends itself to all sorts of interpretation. The stoty I have been told about the origins of the photo was this, He was swimming across this River "maybe the yellow river" to prove how strong and healthy he was. I don't think the majority of the Chinese population could swim at the time, so such an act would prove this point.
So this posting shows paintings I spent between 20 minutes to maybe 3 hours working on. I got into this great habbit where I would do a quick painting in addition to what ever art I was doing that day. It was such a great habbit that I've quit doing it. The concept and the purpose was that I was and I am taking to long to complete art projects. I wanted to do something that didn't matter, do it as quick as possible and be completely unconcerned how it would come out. So I would do several really quick paintings, like 3 minutes each and then I would choose one to take to a quick completion.
these were the first two painting that came out of this practice. I was kind of dissapointed after I had done them because I looking to produce something differeint and that first day this is what kept happening.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
these are some images that I prroduce by working both inside and outside the computer.
I created this one night when I was sitting in front of my computer wasteing time. Probably procrastinating on a painting that was suppose to be doing.
This is the finished painting
This is where I am so far with this painting. This painting is pretty far out of my comfort zone. I don't usualy paint architecture, flowers, and landscapes. I'm happy with how this is coming out so far. It's taking longer than I thought it
would but I've got to place where this painting is fun and I can spend hours on end carving out this scene and doing it justice.
This is the layout I came up with for the painting above. I guess I should give some back ground info. This is a comissioned painting and these churches are in the Ukrain. It's 4 x 3 and I did an acrylic underlay with oil washes, glazes and straight painting on top of them. This layout was down in Photoshop useing the three photos I was given, aka the photos you see below.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I was reluctant to do this painting for several years but I like how it turned out.
This is one of the largest paintings I've done and it's also one of my favorites, and sence it's never sold I must be alone in that opinion.